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Bautista says Rangers' Odor was 'looking for a fight'

CLEVELAND — Jose Bautista isn't letting his fight with Rougned Odor go quietly.

The Blue Jays slugger, who was on the receiving end of Odor's right cross when Toronto and the Rangers met in Arlington in mid May, talked with Sports Illustrated about the punch as part of a profile.

Bautista's take: the second baseman was looking for trouble and tried to hit him with the baseball on a throw from second on the slide that sparked the fight.

"Was (Odor) out to play baseball that day? Maybe partly," Bautista said. "Part of me also thinks that he was looking for a fight."

And of the slide that sparked the brawl:

"I could have hit him," he said. "I could have hurt him. I chose not to. My cleats were down. I slid through the bag. Was it late? Yes, a hundred percent. But what can I do after they hit me? Should I ask my manager to let me pitch, which he is never going to let me do? Like, what am I supposed to do? Just sit there and take it?"

Also, the Blue Jays acquired RH reliever Jason Grilli from the Braves for minor-league RH reliever Sean Ratcliffe. Grilli, 39, has a 5.29 ERA in 21 appearances.

BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun returned to the lineup after missing three games with a stiff neck.

DODGERS: LHP Alex Wood is headed to the 15-day disabled list with elbow soreness. LHP Julio Urias, one of baseball's top prospects, will be called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to replace him. … RF Yasiel Puig was a late scratch because of a sore left hamstring.

INDIANS: RHP Carlos Carrasco, who has been on the disabled list since April 25 with a strained left hamstring, is scheduled to start Thursday against the Royals.

MARLINS: RHP Bryan Morris said he plans to have surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.

METS: 3B David Wright was out of the lineup after receiving an injection to treat a herniated disc in his neck. … Utility player Eric Campbell was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, opening a roster spot for former Rays 1B James Loney.

ORIOLES: Backup C Caleb Joseph went on the 15-day disabled list with a testicular injury.

ROCKIES: SS Jose Reyes will report to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment today, the day after he completes his suspension for violating Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy.

TWINS: CF Byron Buxton, the second pick in the 2012 draft, was recalled from Triple-A Rochester for his second big-league stint this season.

YANKEES: INF Dustin Ackley will have season-ending surgery this week for a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Bautista says Rangers' Odor was 'looking for a fight' 05/31/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 9:04pm]
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