The Tigers and White Sox almost – stress almost – got into a brawl in the late innings Thursday. The short recap: Miguel Cabrera hit a homer off Chris Sale, who then buzzed Prince Fielder with a high-and-tight pitch. Later on, Tigers’ reliever Luke Putkonen threw behind Alexi Ramirez, who took issue and tried to charge the mound but was grabbed by catcher Brayan Pena. The benches cleared, Putkonen and Tigers manager Jim Leyland were ejected. Both dugouts were warned. The game went on. The White Sox won 6-3.
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Afterwards Torii Hunter, a 16-year veteran, was grilled by the media at his locker about the incident. Hunter started off with the usual cliches about it being a hard game, yada yada yada.
The reporters keep pressing and Hunter offered both an eye roll and a high-pitched, “aaahhhh” for an answer. (You’ll have to listen since that hardly does the sound justice.) When asked if this is what creates bad blood between teams, Hunter offered this insight, “hot tamale.” Well-played.
Keep an eye on any lingering bad-blood between the two America League Central rivals. This week’s series was the first meeting of the year between the sides and they play an additional 16 games in the second half.