Gomez, Kela re­but re­tal­i­a­tion claim

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

Rangers out­fielder Car­los Gomez and re­liever Keone Kela both de­nied al­le­ga­tions by An­gels man­ager Mike Scios­cia that they were in­tent on in­jur­ing his short­stop, An­drel­ton Sim­mons, on Tues­day night.

“Why do they make that com­ment when they don’t do the right stuff ?” Gomez said Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter the game, Scios­cia said Gomez was ir­ri­tated at Sim­mons for block­ing him off sec­ond base on a tag play in the sixth in­ning and in­di­cated there would be re­tal­i­a­tion. In the sev­enth, Kela threw a high brush-back pitch to Sim­mons.

Scios­cia said the pitch was in a dan­ger­ous area and nearly hit Sim­mons in the neck.

“I wasn’t try­ing to throw at his neck,” Kela said. “I’ve never been the type of in­di­vid­ual who wants to harm an op­pos­ing player. The ball slipped. I wasn’t try­ing to hit him in the ear, as you could tell from the pitches mov­ing for­ward.

“If Mike Scios­cia wanted to know how I felt, he could have come and asked me about it.”

Gomez ac­knowl­edged he was up­set at how Sim­mons blocked the base be­cause it cre­ated an in­jury risk but added that he never threat­ened pay­back by the Rangers.

“I said “Hey, just play clean. That’s not nec­es­sary,’ ” Gomez said. “It’s not just about me; it’s about any­body. You can’t play that type of game.

“We are plan­ning on go­ing to the play­offs. For a team that is elim­i­nated to try to hurt an­other player, I don’t think that’s fair.”

Gomez said he con­sid­ers him­self to be a peace­ful man, but he will re­spond if pushed.

“If they want to play that game, I can play that game or worse,” Gomez said. “But at the end of the sea­son, that’s not nec­es­sary.”

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