The Texas Rangers’ 7-2 loss Saturday night was interrupted when second baseman Adam Rosales unexpectedly was involved in a skirmish with Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera that emptied both benches.
Cabrera had doubled with one out in the fourth when he had to dive into second base on a pickoff try. Rosales covered the bag and applied a tag, but Cabrera jammed his hand into Rosales knee and then Rosales knee pushed further into the hand.
Cabrera shoved Rosales, widely regarded as one of the kindest players on the team, and began shouting at him because he was angry that Rosales had put his knee on the base. Players and coaches from both teams and bullpens flooded the field.
Rosales called the incident a big misunderstanding. No one was ejected, and Cabrera remained in the game and later homered despite being in enough pain to shove Rosales.
“We both play the game hard,” Rosales said. “I’m just glad that he’s alright and didn’t have to come out of the game.”
The Rangers challenged the play, suspecting that Cabrera might have come off the bag while being tagged in his rage. Video replay confirmed the safe call of umpire Dana Demuth.
The delay gave Rosales a chance to make peace with Cabrera, who wasn’t very gracious after the game.
“I’ve played both sides, second and short, and I know that’s not fair to put a knee on the base,” Cabrera said. “He came to me and started apologizing. I hope he didn’t do it on purpose. That happens in games.”
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760