"There was nothing personal with Pierzynski, nor with anybody," Padilla said. "I wouldn't be able to throw with such precision to hit him. I don't know they gave the sense to the media and talked about a rivalry. I only wanted to get outs, period."
Padilla started the inning by giving up an infield single to Rob Mackowiak, then hit Cintron with a fastball on the right thigh."It was just a fastball inside," Barajas said. "That was our plan with Cintron, we talked about pitching him inside. The second at-bat, we went away and he got a single. The third at-bat, we came inside with two fastballs and a slider and punched him out." As far as hitting Cintron deliberately, Wakamatsu said, "I'm sure he didn't have that in mind. There was a runner at first base. It cost him a run. He didn't intentionally hit him." Guillen didn't see it that way and was hardly mollified by a bunt and grounder that gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead. Kinsler led off the fourth and Garland threw his first two pitches behind Kinsler in a futile attempt to retaliate. "I was real clear," Guillen said. "I am a man of my word. I said, 'If something happens, we would retaliate.' I have to protect my players." Home-plate umpire Randy Marsh immediately put a stop to it by warning both benches, and there were no further incidents. "I knew somebody was going to get hit," Kinsler said. "Ozzie was upset about Cintron getting hit. That was part of the game. I knew, going into the at-bat, they were going to hit me. I just sat there and waited for it. There's no doubt they were trying to hit me." This all started in Arlington on June 14, when Padilla hit Pierzynski twice in one game. Guillen was mad that night and ordered pitcher Sean Tracey to retaliate. Tracey was unable to comply. Tracey was sent to the Minor Leagues after the game. Garland is not going anywhere, but after he missed with the second pitch, Guillen went to the mound and scolded him severely for missing Kinsler. "I know Ozzie," Garland said. "I know how he is. It's just one of those things."
The Rangers didn't seem to take exception that Garland threw not once, but twice, behind his back."You kind of figured something was coming," outfielder Mark DeRosa said. "I thought Randy Marsh did a great job," Wakamatsu said. "Each manager is responsible to his own ballclub. To each his own. Ozzie is Ozzie. He handled it the best way he can." Garland did the rest.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.