NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona says he didn’t mean to hit Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira with a pitch.
Carmona said he was trying to regain control by pitching inside when his first pitch after giving up a home run drilled the Yankees’ slugger in the shoulder Friday night.
Teixeira, also plunked during the last series in which New York was swept in three games by Boston, took exception to Carmona’s pitch and the benches cleared.
Before Saturday afternoon’s game, Carmona said through bullpen catcher Francisco Morales that he meant to come up and in to Teixeira because he usually pitches the switch-hitter low and away.
Carmona threw 14 of his first 18 pitches for balls and walked three in a three-run first inning before giving up Granderson’s homer.