June 09, 2008
Now the Tampa Bay Rays are fighting among themselves.
Rays starting pitcher Matt Garza and catcher Dioner Navarro had to be separated in the dugout — minutes after an angry confrontation on the mound — in a 6-3 loss at Texas yesterday in which Tampa Bay missed a chance for its first series sweep on the road this season.
"This wasn't pretty today. It was a bad day all around," leftfielder Carl Crawford said.
"It was nothing, in-house kind of stuff, things that happen on occasion and we took care of it," manager Joe Maddon insisted, without being specific. "It was shoving, that was it. It's been taken care of."
After Rangers No. 9 hitter German Duran hit a two-run homer for a 3-0 lead in the fourth, Garza and Navarro had a heated exchange on the mound, sticking their gloves into each other's face. Pitching coach Jim Hickey pushed Navarro back toward the plate when he visited the mound. When the inning ended, Garza approached Navarro in the dugout. Television cameras caught them face-to-face in a scuffle that spilled into the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. Maddon, Hickey and others rushed to break up the fracas.