Delmon Young started screaming at Minnesota Twins teammate Jose Mijares.
Mijares threw behind former-Twins infielder Adam Everett in the eighth inning of Minnesota’s 8-3 victory Thursday, and Detroit’s Jeremy Bonderman hit Young on the right knee with the first pitch of the ninth.
Detroit’s Marcus Thames and Minnesota’s Denard Span had been hit by pitches earlier in the game.
After spending a moment on the ground in obvious pain, Young got up, slammed his helmet down and started screaming at Mijares in the Minnesota dugout. Both benches cleared, but the players only milled around once they realized that Young wasn’t about to charge the mound.
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“Trust me, Delmon wasn’t at all upset with the Tigers,” Span said. “He knew what was going to happen, and he was angry at our teammate. I probably would have felt the same way if I had been the first batter up in that inning. I don’t know what was going on with our pitcher there.”
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was angry, saying he already had spoken with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
“I want to make this perfectly clear – our pitcher lost his cool and threw a pitch behind one of their players, and you don’t do that,” he said. “We told them that we screwed up, and that we know they did what they needed to do, and that it is over. I talked to Mr. Leyland, and I told him that.”
Mijares declined comment, as did Leyland, who was ejected after an argument with plate umpire Angel Hernandez that followed Mijares’ pitch behind Everett.
Bonderman and Tigers catcher Gerald Laird were ejected after the pitch that hit Young.
Laird said that he had never seen a player react the way Young did to being hit by a pitch, and Twins catcher Mike Redmond agreed.
“I’ve seen players get angry with their own pitcher in that situation before, but I’ve never seen it happen on the field,” he said.
Anderson reaches 2,500
Atlanta Braves outfielder Garret Anderson got his 2,500th major league hit with a second-inning single off Washington’s Garrett Mock on Thursday night.
He is the 89th player in major league history with 2,500 hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Anderson ranks seventh among active players.
The San Francisco Giants are close to finalizing new deals for general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details were still being worked out and the club hadn’t made a formal announcement. That could come as soon as this weekend but more likely on Monday during Bochy and Sabean’s after-season address. … The New York Mets are cutting the average price of season tickets by at least 10 percent following a dismal opening season at Citi Field. The team, picked by some to reach the World Series, head into the final weekend of the season with a 67-92 record – their worst since 2003. The team said that some locations will have cuts or more than 20 percent. All season tickets will go down in price. Meanwhile, the Mets will announce today whether All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes will have surgery on his ailing hamstring. Surgery is the likely option for Reyes, who has been on the disabled list since May.