Detroit starting pitcher Rick Porcello (left) hit Ben Zobrist (right) in the first inning of Sunday's game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BY NICK WILLIAMS Tribune staff
Published: June 30, 2013
Updated: July 1, 2013 at 06:13 AM
ST. PETERSBURG - The high-and-inside fastball Detroit 3B Miguel Cabrera took from Rays closer Fernando Rodney in the 10th inning of Saturday night's game didn't sit well with Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
The fastball forced Cabrera to fall backward off the plate. Rodney then struck out Cabrera on the next pitch for the first out of the inning.
"I don't care about throwing inside," Leyland said. "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."
On Sunday, Tigers starter Rick Porcello hit Rays 2B Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first inning, and both teams were warned by home plate umpire Vic Carapazza.
Zobrist walked to first base after being struck with two outs and no one on base. Both dugouts stayed calm and nothing further developed from the incident.
Rodney, who earned the win Saturday after pitching two scoreless innings, the closed out Sunday's victory for his 17th save, said he was protecting the strike zone.
"You have to pitch inside sometimes," he said. "If you're a pitcher, you have to protect the strike zone. You have to pitch inside, outside, everywhere."
Cabrera yelled toward Rodney and the Rays' dugout after the third strike.
"He said, 'Wow,' " Rodney said. "It's my job. You can have fun when you hit a home run. I can have fun when I (get) a strikeout."
On Sunday, Rodney reacted to Leyland's comments.
"That's what everybody says when you throw some pitch in or away, 'Oh they can't control the pitch,' " he said. "Same when you try to throw a breaking ball close to the strike zone, the catcher can glove the pitch and say it's a wild pitch but it's a pitch you have control (over).
"You pitch in. You don't want him to swing."
Rodney said he'd throw the same pitch again if needed.
"If it had come (Sunday), do the same," he said.
Moore eager to face Astros
You only have one chance to make a first impression, and that's what LHP Matt Moore (10-3) plans to do tonight against the Astros, a team he has never faced.
"We're excited to go over there and have a good road trip," he said. "It'll be good for us to go over there. It'll be a fresh team that hasn't seen us." In his last start, Moore struck out 11 batters with six walks in six innings pitched.
RHP Alex Cobb said he will not travel with the team to Houston and will continue to rehab. RHP Chris Archer will start against the Astros on Thursday. ... Former Rays 1B Carlos Pena, now with the Astros, will miss tonight's game because of a death in his family. Astros manager Bo Porter said that Pena's nephew drowned in the Dominican Republic and Pena would travel there to be with his family. He will not be placed on the bereavement list, and the team expects him back for Tuesday night's game against the Rays.