Joe Morgan, the new manager of the Boston Red Sox, and veteran Jim Rice were involved in a shoving match during Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Twins when Rice was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
Rice, struggling with just four homers and 40 RBI this season, became upset when he was replaced by Spike Owen with a runner on first and none out in the eighth with Boston nursing a 5-4 lead."We had a difference of opinion I believe on how the inning should be run," Morgan said after the Red Sox rallied for a 9-7 victory in 10 innings.
"There was a little shoving, but I don't want to say too much," said Morgan, 7-0 since replacing fired John McNamara as manager one week ago. "I happen to be running this ballclub and that's the way it's going to be. That's all I have to say right now."
"The man pinch-hit for me, we won the game, and that's it," said Rice.
"It was just a little misunderstanding," second baseman Marty Barrett said. "Jimmy thought he was going to do the hitting and running and he thought Joe changed his mind while he was on deck, but that wasn't the case.