Sport Jose Abreu's in-game response to a hit by pitch sparked a bench-clearing scuffle with the Tigers
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It’s pretty clear that the Chicago White Sox are tired of getting hit by the pitch. They’re even taking issue with seemingly unintentional plunkings.
The White Sox have been hit 76 times as a team this season — compared to hitting opponents just 50 times. And no player on the White Sox has been hit by more pitches than Jose Abreu this year. He went into Monday’s game with 20 HBP and he wasn’t pleased about taking No. 21 to the elbow.
After Alex Lange’s 0-2, 97 mph fastball hit Abreu on the elbow in the ninth inning, frustrations were obvious from the White Sox dugout. Bench coach Miguel Cairo was ejected for shouting from the dugout. Tony La Russa also had some words with the umpiring crew.
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Benches clear in Tigers vs. White Sox after José Abreu slides aggressively into second base
The White Sox were not happy the reigning MVP was drilled in the armIn the top of the ninth, Tigers righty Alex Lange hit reigning AL MVP José Abreu in the arm with a pitch, which led to chirping from the Chicago dugout. Later in the inning Abreu slid into second base aggressively when a ball skipped away from catcher Eric Haase. Abreu and shortstop Niko Goodrum exchanged words, and the benches cleared.
But the real fireworks started the following at-bat.
Abreu tried to take second on a pitch in the dirt and was thrown out in a close play at the bag. Abreu, though, went into second unusually hard. His slide looked like a takeout slide you’d see to break up a double play, which understandably had the Tigers’ Niko Goodrum upset.
Abreu was taking his frustration out on Goodrum when the Tigers infielder had nothing to do with the hit by pitch. It was a needlessly hard slide, after all.
Benches have cleared between the White Sox and Tigers after a Jose Abreu slide into 2nd.
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Alex Lange calls out Jose Abreu for leaning into pitches
Detroit Tigers hurler Alex Lange didn't hold back in calling out Jose Abreu for leaning into pitches after he accidentally drilled him. There was plenty of drama on Monday late in the showdown between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. First, Tigers hurler Alex Lange hit Jose Abreu wi th a pitch. Shortly after that, Abreu lost his mind sliding into second and the benches ended up clearing. Lange has passionately said he didn't mean to hit Abreu in his team's 8-7 defeat. Now, he's taken things a step further, calling out Abreu for leaning into pitches.
That exchange set Abreu off even more as benches cleared while the two players were separated.
Thankfully, the scuffle didn’t escalate beyond a bunch of pushing, holding each other back and yelling. It was the final inning of the final game between the two division rivals this season, so it’ll be an easy ordeal to move on from.
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