Touch 'Em All: Tigers' Cabrera goes in the tank

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera rounds the bases after his fourth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Colome during a baseball game, Friday, June 28, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cabrera also homered in the first inning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera rounds the bases after his fourth-inning home run off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Colome during a baseball game, Friday, June 28, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cabrera also homered in the first inning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Posted: July 02, 2013

Things got testy at Tampa Bay on Sunday during the Rays' 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers - and even the real rays that live at Tropicana Field got involved.

Both benches were warned by umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit's Rick Porcello plunked Ben Zobrist in the first inning.

It was a spillover from Saturday's 4-3 Rays extra-inning win over the Tigers, in which Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after striking out in the 10th inning. Seems he didn't take kindly to a high-and-tight Fernando Rodney fastball.

Zobrist said he was expecting something to come his way on Sunday, and told the umpire on his way to first that it was intentional, but nothing was done beyond the warning.

As for Cabrera, he hit his 25th homer in the fourth inning, splashing it into the fish tank beyond the wall in right-center, where dwell those cownose rays.

The baseball Rays did not retaliate, but skipper Joe Maddon noted, darkly, "there's many more opportunities to play good, hard baseball, and we will."

As for the cownose rays, they were silent on the matter - but given the way they were circling ominously, around and around, Cabrera may want to watch out the next time he goes swimming in the Atlantic.

Injury report. Dodgers righthander Josh Beckett is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery in about 11/2 weeks to relieve pressure on a nerve in his neck and is done for the season. . . . Chicago Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney will go on the disabled list after breaking a rib on his left side crashing into an outfield wall in Seattle in a 5-3 win over the Mariners on Saturday. . . . St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams was scratched from the Cardinals lineup on Sunday with food poisoning.

That's not good. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson - not a guy you want to annoy - after Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill (0-6 with a 7.91 ERA in eight starts since May 17) allowed six runs and seven hits in 41/3 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday: "He couldn't even find half of the plate. . . . We've got to try to get him straightened around."


Contact Michael Harrington at mharrington@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the AP.

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