Upton, Longoria have words in dugout; now say issue is resolved
UPDATE, 5:50: As you can see by the quotes below from both B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria, they are saying Sunday's dugout altercation in the fifth inning of the 2-1 loss to Arizona is already behind them. The issue started when Upton didn't run hard after Rusty Ryal's fifth-inning drive to left-center that turned into a triple. Longoria said something to Upton in the dugout and Upton reacted angrily, having to be restrained by teammate Willy Aybar.
Both Upton and Longoria said they disagreement had to do with positioning, and whether Upton should have gotten the ball or leftfielder Matt Joyce.
"We just disagreed, talked about it, it's done with, and move on,'' Upton siad. "We can't have those type of distractions. We've got to move on and try to win some ballgames. We're in the middle of a pennant race right now and that's all that matters. ... It's squashed. Think nothing of it. We'll be fine tomorrow.''
Said Longoria: "It's not that big of a deal, it's just a couple guys who are frustrated with the way that they're playing and not being able to help the team. I think it just got a little bit more out of hand than it should've. We talked about and I think it's done.''
UPDATE, 5:37: Here is Upton's take on what happened: "Nothing, man, just a little run-in. Over the course of a season it's going to happen. It happens and it's done with.
On his reaction: "You know what, it doesn't even matter. At this point it doesn't matter. We just disagreed, talked about it, it's done with, and move on. We can't have those type of distractions. We've got to move on and try to win some ballgames. We're in the middle of a pennant race right now and that's all that matters.''
On the play: "You know what, where I was positioned, it's a long way to go. Joe's always said it to me that you shouldn't assume, but I assumed the leftfielder (Matt Joyce) might be there, but he wasn't and maybe I should have cut it off. But it's over with now.''
On talking with Longoria after the game: "It's squashed. Think nothing of it. We'll be fine tomorrow.''
On the ball he hit for the final out: "I couldn't have hit that ball any better. I mean off the bat I thought was no chance it was staying in, but you know what, it did. ... So whatever.''
Upton said he hadn't talked to Maddon yet but didn't expect any disciplinary action: "I'll talk to him shortly and we'll see what happens.''
From Longora's perspective: "It's just the by-product of a frustrated team. We're trying to win games. Guys are going to have differences of opinions, it's the bottom line. We've talked about it, we've hashed it out, and it goes no further than today. We just talked about the situation in the outfield and the positioning. It's not that big of a deal, it's just a couple guys who are frustrated with the way that they're playing and not being able to help the team. I think it just got a little bit more out of hand than it should've. We talked about and I think it's done.''
UPDATE, 5:34: Upton decides he will talk, says the issue was sparked when he "disagreed" with Longoria and the two have since talked and it is resolved. "Squashed,'' Upton said. Longoria said much the same, that he and Upton are very close, it was the product of a "frustrated" team and also that it is resolved. "Buried,'' he said.
UPDATE: Upton declines to speak to media about incident, Maddon says he'll decide later if he'll take any action. Maddon said Upton didn"t run as hard as he could have, and Longoria's action was "a great example" of a player taking action for the good of the team.
DEVELOPING; CF B.J. Upton had to be restrained by teammates in the dugout after having a heated exhange with 3B Evan Longoria.
That came after Upton didn't run hard to chase down a ball hit into the gap that became a triple for Rusty Ryal in the top of the fifth. Gerardo Parra followed with a two-run homer.
It appeared Longoria initiated the confrontation by saying something and Upton reacted angrily, yelling and pointing his finger, and had to be restrained by Willy Aybar.
Upton took his normal turn batting in the fifth and walked, than was picked off.