Tampa Bay Rays
Rodriguez bowls 'em over once again
PHILADELPHIA - Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Sean Rodriguez was involved in another collision with a catcher during Sunday night's 7-3 win against the Phillies, crashing into Brian Schneider as Rodriguez scored from first in the sixth inning on a double off the right wall by Brooks Conrad. Schneider was slow to get up and remained in the game for only one more pitch. He walked to the dugout and removed himself from the game because of an injured ankle. "That's obviously something you don't want to see happen," Rodriguez said. "He had to take himself out. He got hurt. Obviously the run mattered. But I was trying to slide. I even took a wide angle trying to get to the back of the bag." Rodriguez went wide of the plate and intended to touch it with his left hand as he slid by. But Schneider drifted backwards and into Rodriguez's path tying to catch a throw that was sailing up the third-base line.Rodriguez, sensing a collision, lowered his shoulder and plowed over the catcher. "I was thinking slide the whole way," Rodriguez said. "I'm guessing the throw took him up the line. We were both stuck in no man's land at that point. I was just bracing for impact. It wasn't like I was even trying to hit him." It was the third time since Game 4 of last year's ALDS against Texas that Rodriguez has run over a catcher. He knocked the ball loose from Mike Napoli of the Rangers to score in Game 4. Baltimore's Matt Wieters held on to the ball and Rodriguez was out on a jarring collision May 11 at Camden Yards. "(Schneider) looked like he was right in his way," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "That's what I saw. Sometimes catchers get hit. It's part of the game." Schneider, who didn't know the extent of his injury Sunday night, didn't seem to have a problem with Rodriguez's aggressive play. "Haven't seen the replay or anything," Schneider said. "Just going for the ball. Obviously there was a collision."