Although both managers said they didn't expect any animosity to carry over into Game 2 on Thursday night, La Russa reiterated his thoughts that Lofton, the Giants' center fielder, overreacted to being thrown an inside pitch from Cardinals reliever Mike Crudale and was the instigator.
"I rarely talk about the opponent's players, but this was pretty flagrant and he's done it before," La Russa said.
Baker saw it as ironic that the inside pitch came right after Lofton had hit a home run. "It just didn't look good at the time of the situation," he said.
In addition to the fines, players not on the roster for the NLCS can't sit in the dugout. The ruling was handed down by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president for on-field operations, who was at the game. "It was obvious in that bench-clearing situation there were some things that definitely violated the rules that we have, and those things were addressed with both organizations," Watson said.
Baker said there's no hard feelings with La Russa. "It boiled down to me defending my player and him defending his. That's what the whole issue was all about."
The Mariners were behind, 4-0, at the time, and two Rangers had reached base when hit by Felix Hernandez pitches. Texas catcher Gerald Laird was plunked with a pitch on his left elbow leading off the second inning, and second baseman Ian Kinsler, who hit a two-run home run two batters after Laird was hit, was nicked with an inside pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.
He glared at Hernandez before taking first base, although TV replays showed Kinsler never made much of an effort to avoid the fastball.
The emotions were getting hotter, and Sexson sensed it when he came to bat with two outs and the bases empty in the fourth inning. He said he expected to become a retaliatory target for Texas left-hander Kason Gabbard. - MLB.com
Blyleven: "I don't care if it's my No. 1 hitter or my No. 9 hitter, you know when the other pitcher is doing something on purpose. I remember one time in Kansas City, I had a 5-0 shutout going into the ninth inning, and Juan Beniquez was our center fielder [with Texas]. He hit a three-run homer that day, and in his final at-bat they threw a ball at his head and it went back to the backstop. Our whole team was yelling, and I knew what I needed to do." -- Jerry Crasnick
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