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Felipe Lopez pulled from game for lack of hustle

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Rays INF Felipe Lopez was pulled from the game in the middle of the 11th inning by manager Joe Maddon for a lack of hustle.

Lopez did not run hard to first on an 11th-inning ground ball that ended up being bobbled, costing the Rays a baserunner in a key situation, amplified when Sean Rodriguez followed with a walk. It was the second time this week Lopez clearly did not run hard all the way to first - which is one of Maddon's cardinal rules - and the issue was brought to his attention after the first incident in Wednesday's game.

This the second controversy involving Lopez, a 30-year-old veteran infielder who came to the Rays with somewhat of a checkered past. He flung his bat at White Sox pitcher Chris Sale after hitting a home run April 9, and drew a stern rebuke from Maddon, who said then, among other things,  "That's not how we play. ... We don't do that here.''

Lopez didn't make the Rays team out of spring training, but was called up before ever heading to Triple-A Durham when Evan Longoria got hurt.

He was not immediately available in the clubhouse after the game for comment.

 

[Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 12:15am]

    

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