CC Sabathia gets into it with the Rays again, this time on a generous third-strike call

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor

CC Sabathia and the Tampa Bay Rays are at it again.

The veteran New York Yankees left-hander found himself jawing with the second-place Rays during the middle of the sixth inning on Tuesday. Soon, benches cleared and we had another Yankees-Rays conflicts on our hands.

The cause of the initial argument was a rather generous strike call Sabathia received against Rays outfielder Avisail Garcia to end the top of the sixth. Garcia was visibly not pleased with the call, prompting a staredown from Sabathia as he walked toward the dugout.

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The squabble soon escalated to the point that Sabatha had to be held back by shortstop Didi Gregorius from physically engaging with Garcia.

After the game, an 8-3 win, Sabathia chalked up to the confrontation as a “misunderstanding.”

For his part, Garcia simply sounded bewildered on why Sabathia would fly off the handle for something as simple as a look.

Sabathia’s personal feud with the Rays dates back to the end of last season, when the 38-year-old willfully cost himself a shot at a $500,000 bonus by getting ejected for intentionally throwing at Rays catcher Jesus Sucre after an exchange of HBPs between the teams. The incident also resulted in a five-game suspension for Sabathia.

The conflict flaired up again in May when Sabathia nearly hit Rays star Austin Meadows and later appeared to yell, "I definitely was trying to hit [him]."

CC Sabathia keeps finding ways to get into it with the Rays. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
CC Sabathia keeps finding ways to get into it with the Rays. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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