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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Verlander gets chippy with Royals' Melky Cabrera

If you happened to see a visibly animated Justin Verlander yapping from the dugout Friday night, rest assured he was not aiming that vitriol at neither his teammates, nor his manager, who'd just pulled him from the game after eight strong innings of two-hit baseball.

"Coming off a nine-inning game, he (Leyland) was probably thinking give me a little bit of rest, I guess. I'd have been more than glad to go back out, but he stuck his hand out, and I shook it, so that pretty much seals the deal," Verlander said with a wry smile after the game.

So who exactly was the Tigers' ace so cheesed off at? The Royals' No. 2 hitter, Melky Cabrera, who'd just popped out to Don Kelly in left field to end the eighth inning. And it wasn't because Cabrera had broken up Verlander's no-hitter two innings earlier, with an RBI triple that was the first hit allowed by Verlander in 51 batters, a span of 15 2/3 innings, dating back to May 2.

Why was he mad? It's best explained in Justin's own words in the video:
(And my apologies for the less-than-stellar videography. The mob gets pushy around an interviewee at times, forcing vantage-point changes quite often.)

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