Red Sox-Tigers beanball war could escalate later in season

Red Sox-Tigers beanball war could escalate later in season
April 9, 2012, 3:31 am
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DETROIT -- The Red Sox and Detroit Tigers don't exactly have a long, angry history with one another.

Thanks to the unbalanced schedule, they usually only play two series per season against one another.

But when the two teams meet again at the end of May at Fenway, it could get interesting.

Adrian Gonzalez was drilled in the ribs by Detroit reliever Phil Coke in the eighth inning and Gonzalez believed it was in retaliation for Matt Albers hitting Prince Fielder is the lower leg in the late innings of Saturday's 10-0 shutout by the Tigers.

Fielder had homered twice in that game. Gonzalez had hit a two-run homer in his previous at-bat in the sixth inning Sunday.

Coke's first pitch sailed behind Gonzalez, which Gonzalez didn't think much of. But then the next one got him in the ribs, prompting a warning to both dugouts by the umpires.

"I'm not a big fan of warnings because you take away the immediate retaliation of it," said Gonzalez. "You know it's going to happen. We've all got seven more years here. It might not happen the next series, but eventually it's going to happen."

Gonzalez didn't believe Albers was intentionally going after Fielder Saturday, noting that there were two strikes at the time.

"It didn't even cross my mind (that Albers was going after Fielder)," said Gonzalez. "I just think it's a bad call on their end because now it's putting (Miguel Cabrera's) and Prince's careers at risk. You know it's going to happen eventually."

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