Cobb says dugout argument with Molina "not instigated by me"
Rays righthander Alex Cobb still isn't sure why he and catcher Jose Molina had a short-but-heated argument in the dugout after the top of the sixth inning in Monday's loss.
It certainly didn't look good, as pitching coach Jim Hickey had to separate them.
But Cobb wanted to make it clear that he didn't instigate it, and he believes the two will be able to move past it. Molina declined to comment as he walked past reporters in the clubhouse.
"I didn't say a word to Molina coming off the mound," Cobb said. "I don't really know what that was about. Probably not the best place to be doing it. But we'll talk about it (Tuesday). That's the one thing I wanted to be clear, I wouldn't approach a teammate in the dugout like that. That was not instigated by me."
The incident - which was shown on Sun Sports during the game - came after Cobb allowed his first hit, a two-run homer to Jacoby Ellsbury in the sixth inning. In the inning, Molina also had a passed ball go through his legs (though Cobb and Maddon said that had nothing to do with the argument). On TV, it showed Cobb approaching Molina in the dugout, Molina yelling at Cobb, and then Hickey coming between the two.
Manager Joe Maddon said everything was fine - "boys will be boys" - and that he spoke to the two in the dugout after the incident. He said such things can be "overblown," pointing to a well-publicized spat between ex-Ray RHP Matt Garza and C Dioner Navarro several years ago.
"That can actually be a good thing," Maddon said. "And it's fine right now."
Cobb said he and Molina hadn't talked since the argument, but likely will clear it up Tuesday.
"We're both professionals, those kinds of blowups happen throughout the course of the year," Cobb said. "And they have. Put it behind you, you don't need to be best friends with somebody to go out and work together. That didn't effect me going into the seventh inning."