Lorenzo Cain was hit by a pitch following a Mike Moustakas home run on Opening Day. Cain thinks Jeff Samardzija plunked him on purpose.
Opening Day is one of the most exciting days of the year for baseball fans. The smell of the freshly cut grass and the taste of ballpark peanuts make it known that spring is here and the dog days of summer baseball aren’t too far behind.
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Another sign that baseball is here is the ever-exciting beanball and the trash talking and loud-mouthing that ensues.
On Monday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals hosted the Chicago White Sox in Jeff Samardzija’s first Opening Day start with the team from the south side of the Windy City. The young ace gave up a home run to Royals’ infielder Mike Moustakas and then proceeded to hit outfielder Lorenzo Cain, the next batter.
The Royals were not very pleased with the play and it showed as tempers flared between the dugout of the home team and Samardzija.
Was the toss a purposeful one by Samardzija? Cain certainly thinks so. According to USA Today Sports‘ Bob Nightengale:
“I gave him a look. I wasn’t sure if he hit me on purpose or not. But once he told me to get down, I was sure he hit me on purpose. It’s straight to the point. He hit me on purpose. But beating him the way we did today, it definitely makes up for that.”
There you have it, folks, there is officially beef between the Royals and the White Sox. Should be a fun AL Central race this year.
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