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Tigers' Rodney explanation for throwing ball into press box: "Emotion"



Tigers closer Fernando Rodney said he was acting on "emotion" when he celebrated Friday's win with an unusual and dangerous maneuver - throwing the ball from the field into the press box.
The ball struck and bounced near several working writers though no one was hurt.

Rodney said he was attempting to throw the ball to the fans. "It's nothing,'' he said. "I know maybe I'm not supposed to throw the ball, but I'm feeling the moment, like, man. ... I don't throw it to hit nobody. I think I threw it to the right spot to not hit nobody. ... A little celebrating.''

Manager Jim Leyland said he wasn't aware of the incident until told by a reporter. A few minutes later, Rodney was summoned to Leyland's office and met there with the manager and GM Dave Dombrowski.

Team spokesman Brian Britten said: "Obviously it's not something we condone. His emotions got the best of him. We've talked to him.''

Catcher Alex Avila said Rodney, who walked the first two batters and gave up two runs before completing the save, was frustrated. "Just not being able to throw strikes early he was frustrated with himself," Avila said. "It was just out of frustration. You could tell that inning he didn't have that good command. ... It was just out frustration. A breath of fresh air once he got out of that inning.''

Leyland said he would check into it because he didn't see it, then joked: "Maybe he thought the official scorer screwed him on those walks.''

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:50am]


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