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Nats rookie ticks off Guillen after pointing bat

MIAMI — Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen had words, some of them naturally expletives, with Nationals OF Bryce Harper in the fourth inning Sunday because Harper pointed a bat in his direction.

After Harper's first at-bat, Guillen said something to either Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter or plate umpire Marty Foster about the bat having pine tar too high on the handle.

Guillen was not happy with Harper's gesture in his next at-bat. "I've been praising this kid the last three times they've asked me about him; he's a great player," Guillen said. "What he did (Sunday) was unprofessional."

"I don't know if that's an ejection or not but (Ozzie) did it in a way that wouldn't show him up, so I guess Harper showing him up is kind of a slap in the face," Marlins OF Logan Morrison told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Guillen responded by pointing his own bat at Harper. "I was just telling (Harper) how cute he was," Guillen joked.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he told the rookie to change bats but that didn't appease Guillen. "(Guillen) was still chirping about it," Johnson told the Washington Post. "It got on the umpire's nerves. It got on my nerves. He was trying to intimidate my player."

As for Harper, he had nothing negative to say, even after he went 0-for-4 in the Nationals' 4-0 win. "He battles for his team, and that's the type of manager Ozzie is," Harper told the Post. "That's a manager you want to play for."

Earlier this season, a Johnson complaint led to the ejection of Rays reliever Joel Peralta after umpires found pine tar on the pitcher's glove, sparking a spat with manager Joe Maddon.

Valentine-Youkilis rift: White Sox 3B Kevin Youkilis refused to comment on the latest criticism from Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine that the former Boston infielder was responsible for the rift between them.

"I got nothing about any of that stuff," Youkilis said before the game against the Royals. "I'm over all the Boston thing of this year. There is a lot of great past history, but the focus is on the White Sox."

The Red Sox traded Youkilis on June 24 to the White Sox, who open a three-game set today in Boston.

"I think the comment I made early, he made a big issue out of, and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it," Valentine said Sunday. On April 15, the manager had said, "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason."

In other Red Sox news, Valentine couldn't confirm that LF Carl Crawford (left wrist) will rejoin the team today.

Halladay goes Tuesday: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and start that night against the Dodgers. The ace, out with a strained right back muscle since May 28, passed the final test in his six-week rehab when he threw a bullpen session Saturday.

Blue Jays: RHP Sergio Santos will be shut down for the season and have shoulder surgery.

Giants: OF Melky Cabrera, the majors' hits leader, left the team for Florida and the birth of his child. He's expected to rejoin the club Tuesday.

Orioles: RHP Jason Hammel will have arthroscopic surgery on his bothersome right knee today and is expected to be out for at least a month.

Reds: The team is not sure whether RHP Johnny Cueto will start as planned Tuesday because of a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand that developed in a bullpen session.

Yankees: GM Brian Cashman said the market asking prices are too high so the team likely will be a minor player before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.

Nats rookie ticks off Guillen after pointing bat 07/15/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 15, 2012 11:20pm]

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