Dugout dust-up for Garza and Navarro
Rays starter Matt Garza was removed from Sunday's game after two altercations with catcher Dioner Navarro - a heated exchange on the mound during the fourth inning and then a shoving match in the dugout that spilled into the tunnel leading to the clubhouse.
Manager Joe Maddon termed it "an exchange of ideas" and "just little in-house kind of stuff'' and said he didn't know the cause of the disagreement, though he did say, "Navi was not the irritant.''
"It's just one of those things that happens on occasion and we take care of it,'' Maddon said. "Just write what you saw. That's all I got. Just write what you saw. It's something that we're going to take care of, and we're going to take care of soon.''
Garza then spent about 15 minutes in Maddon's office, but wouldn't go into any specifics.
When asked what happened, Garza said: "Nothing really, just keep it in house and fix it. That's about it. ... Heat of passion, probably. We're both competitors, whatever happened will stay here and we're going to fix it. We definitely can fix it. This is a great bunch of guys and everybody's on each other's side, and we're gonna fix it. It's a big step and we're gonna fix it.''
Garza, who is known for being emotional, sometimes to a fault, on the mound, said his conversation with Maddon was "nothing about today, it was just some stuff I have to fix. Nothing physically, nothing like that, just stuff I have to fix, that's about it. I'm good.''
Nor would Navarro: "It was just something that happened during the game and it's being taken care of. It happens in the family. I think everybody is going to be fine from this point on. It was really nothing.''
The first sign of trouble came in the bottom of the fourth. After a blooper dropped into shallow left field, Garza allowed a two-run homer to No. 9 hitter German Duran, then a single to Ian Kinsler. Navarro came to the mound and he and Garza engaged in a heated exchage. Pitching coach Jim Hickey came to the mound to take over the discussion with Garza, and Navarro went back to the plate.
Two batters later, the Rays called for a pitchout on a 1-2 pitch to David Murphy and Garza sailed it to the backstop.
At the end of the inning, Navarro was already in the dugout when Garza came in and appeared to say something, and they started shoving each other and as they moved into the tunnel several players and coaches raced behind them to break it up.
The frustration continued the next inning when Eric Hinske objetced to being called out on strikes and said enough to home plate umpire James Hoye to be ejected, then slammed his bat and helmet down in frustration as Maddon ran out from the dugout.