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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon watched the videotape and it didn't change his mind that Boston's John Lackey hit Rays leadoff hitter Matt Joyce intentionally Monday night.
Lackey's pitch struck Joyce in the center of the back, which resulted in a bench-clearing scrum in the sixth-inning of Boston's 10-8, 14-inning win.
"I saw the replay and absolutely validated my thoughts," Maddon said before Tuesday night's game with the Red Sox.
Lackey and Boston manager John Farrell both insisted there was no intent.
"I just stand by what I said yesterday," Maddon said. "I really don't want to get any further than that. And of course, the manager (Farrell) is going say that. I'd probably say the same thing. But on their side of things, to admit that they did it on purpose would result in some kind of punitive situation."
Joyce had homered earlier and lined a 3-0 pitch foul into the right-field stands. The Rays outfielder shouted at Lackey after getting plunked but was restrained by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as players from both teams streamed out of the dugouts and bullpens.
"I was a little surprised by Salty being pretty aggressive," Joyce said Tuesday.
Daniel Nava hit a tiebreaking single in the 14th inning as the Red Sox recovered after blowing two late leads to win Monday's game that took 5 hours, 24 minutes -- making it the second-longest in Rays history.
"I think this is two teams that went at it in a very hard played game last night," Farrell said. "There's going to be emotions."
Neither manager expected a carryover from Monday's incident.
If the Rays had tied it in the 14th, Maddon was planning to have infielder Ryan Roberts pitch the following inning.
"By default, and he's really noisy about it" Maddon said.
The Rays canceled on-field batting practice Tuesday, while Red Sox had an optional workout. An early scheduled Boston extra BP session didn't take place.
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