For starters: Rays vs. Tigers, with the potential for payback
UPDATE, 12:05: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said this morning Saturday's confrontation between Cabrera and Rodney is "history" and that he wasn't accusing Rodney of anything untoward, simply saying that no hitter should have a ball thrown at his head. Rodney said he had a plan to throw inside at Cabrera, though not at his head, and will take a similar approach today if the opportunity presents itself. ... Rays 3B Evan Longoria, out of the lineup due to plantar fasciitis, was moving aropund the clubhouse well and spent some time in the batting cage. ... Rodney said he is available today despite working two innings last night.
UPDATE, 12:04: The Rays lineup looks somewhat similar to Saturday, except for a few changes as Jose Lobaton is catching and Yunel Escobar is back to the No. 9 spot.
And the Tigers lineup, with SS Jhonny Peralta getting a day off:
DEVELOPING: The Rays and Tigers will wrap up their weekend and regular-season series today with a 1:40 game at the Trop, Jeremy Hellickson facing Rick Porcello.
The Rays are coming off an impressive 4-3 10-inning comeback win.
But the bigger storyline will be the potential for payback as the the Tigers objected to Rays closer Fernando Rodney throwing a 98-mph fastball near AL MVP Miguel Cabrera's head before striking him out in the top of the 10th.
Cabrera was upset at the time, yelling at Rodney and then at the Rays bench. He wouldn't say anything after the game, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland did.
He said this:
"I don't care about throwing inside. But I don't like it up there. We will not tolerate that. You can take that to the bank. We won't tolerate that up to the head — to anybody. ... I'm not accusing anybody of anything, but we won't tolerate that. If you're going to just rear back and throw it, you can't throw it there. If you're throwing down at the legs, in or something, for a purpose, I don't have any problem with that, but not upstairs. That will cause a lot of problems for people."
And he said this:
To throw up there in that area is not acceptable. Somebody pays a price for that throughout baseball. That’s the way baseball is. That’s not free. There’s no free lunch. He was just winding up and throwing it. I’m not indicating he was trying to throw at him at all. But you’ve got to know where you’re going with it if you’re going to throw inside. You can’t just be pot-lucking and if it’s up in the head area, that’s OK. That’s not acceptable.”
Rodney said he was just doing his job, and he and other Rays said they didn't know what the fuss was about.
Whether it carries over to today will be interesting to see.
Lineups when available.