The New York Yankees wound up squandering their chance to slide into first place in the American League East on Saturday, but that wasn't the only thing that ruffled their feathers.
After allowing a game-tying home run to DJ LeMahieu, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos threw up and in to Luke Voit, hitting him in the process. Yankees starter CC Sabathia ran to the top of the dugout and sounded off on the play.
After the game, Sabathia reiterated his frustration at the situation, saying it was "stupid" to throw at that location immediately after LeMahieu's homer, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.
"It's the same thing, we hit a homer, then they throw up and in, it's stupid," Sabathia said. "What are you doing? We don't want to get into that again. We did that last year."
Sabathia is likely referring to an incident from last September when the teams both hit batters before the left-hander was ultimately ejected.
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Voit was similarly incensed after the plunking, and specifically about the pitch's location.
"He can hit me anywhere else, it's just when it's up and in, it's a sketchy situation that can be career ending," Voit said, according to Boland. "After giving up a home run, he's probably frustrated and throwing as hard as he can and it got away. But that's why I was so pissed off."
This is the second time this week the Yankees have been involved in a confrontation after throwing inside. Left-hander J.A. Happ came under fire for hitting Seattle Mariners speedster Dee Gordon on the wrist in Thursday's game.