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Joe Maddon wishes Miguel Cabrera 'wouldn't cry so much'

8:27 AM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
Rays manager Joe Maddon.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (USA TODAY) - When it came to the much-discussed pair of up-and-in pitches, the managers staked out opposite positions on each of them, and Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon expressed displeasure with reigning American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

"This guy is outstanding, he's wonderful," Maddon said Sunday, after the Rays took a key series from the Tigers with a 3-1 victory at Tropicana Field.

"I just wish he wouldn't cry so much."

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The back story that led to Maddon's beef unfolded Saturday night. After Tampa Bay's Fernando Rodney threw a 10th-inning pitch near the head of Cabrera, Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't accuse Rodney of throwing at Cabrera.

But he did say, "To throw up there in that area is not acceptable. Somebody pays a price for that throughout baseball. That's the way baseball is. There's no free lunch."

Maddon, the Rays' skipper, said "there was no ill intent going on out there," but Rodney's pitch prompted Cabrera to gesture toward the Rays dugout and direct a few choice comments there.

On Sunday, Tigers starter Rick Porcello hit Rays' No. 3 hitter Ben Zobrist on the wrist in the first inning as Zobrist threw up his arm to block the pitch from hitting him in the upper body.

Maddon told reporters that Porcello undoubtedly hit Zobrist on purpose. "I thought it was absolutely uncalled for, and hopefully the league will take a look at that," Maddon said.

Leyland said of the Porcello-Zobrist moment: "It's part of baseball - guys get hit in baseball games. That's all part of the game. Nobody is trying to hit anybody." Porcello said the ball "got away from me."

Home-plate umpire Vic Carapazza issued a formal warning to both teams as soon as Zobrist was hit. No other batters were hit in the game.

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