ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Ben Zobrist stood in the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse with a fresh red mark on his right wrist, a symbol of his anger and pride. Baseball is a game of unwritten rules, of scores made and scores settled, and he assumed a Detroit Tigers pitcher would plunk someone before the day was through.
That someone turned out to be him, five pitches into right-hander Rick Porcellos afternoon. A tiff between the Rays and Tigers that began in the 10th inning Saturday, when Tampa Bay reliever Fernando Rodney buzzed a fastball near Miguel Cabreras chin, carried into the first inning of the Rays 3-1 victory Sunday at Tropicana Field.
The deed: A 94-mph fastball that smacked Zobrist on the hand, causing him to do a half-spin in the batters box before shooting a stern glare toward the mound as warnings were issued. The reaction: Well, it depends who you ask.
I think its cause for the umpires to do something in that situation, said Zobrist, clearly annoyed.
It just got away fro...