Maddon disagrees with recent fine
Skipper says reaction 'unjust' prior to rematch with Indians
MIAMI -- Things got a little heated -- and perhaps confusing -- the last time the Indians and Rays got together.
That game -- a 7-5 win at Tropicana Field for Tampa Bay last Sunday -- started with a lineup mistake by Rays manager Joe Maddon, ensued with a controversial call in what appeared to be a double by Ryan Garko, featured two fastballs inside to B.J. Upton from Indians closer Kerry Wood, and ended with a hit by pitch from Troy Percival to Mark DeRosa that was looked at by some as retaliation.
Right before the benches cleared after Wood's two inside pitches to Upton in the eighth, Maddon and Indians catcher Victor Martinez had a heated exchange, but the Rays skipper was the only one issued a $500 fine for inciting the situation.
Before the series finale against the Marlins on Sunday, Maddon talked about his disagreement with the punishment.
"That's totally unjust -- totally unjust," Maddon said. "I didn't incite anybody. I was reacting. I think the reaction part of the thing -- if that's going to be fined, the inciter should also be fined. To indicate I was the inciter is a total misconception, misappropriation, lack of good judgment."
But Maddon said he doesn't expect the umpiring crew to gather he and Cleveland skipper Eric Wedge before Monday's game, when the two sides meet for the opener of a four-game series at Progressive Field.
And he doesn't expect any trouble.
"I really think, based on the way the league has acted, I think both sides understand what's going on, and we've been down this road before," Maddon said. "We just want to go out and play baseball. We're not out to try and hurt anybody. We just want to play our game, like we've played. We don't intend to legislate anybody else -- we just want to play baseball."
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.