Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported that Cole Hamels and Brett Myers had a “tense confrontation” and “escalating situation” following last night’s game.
According to his account Myers said, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit” in response to Hamels’ previous quotes about wanting the season to be over and then Hamels “responded with an expletive.”
However, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com witnessed the incident from “maybe five feet away” and writes that he “thought Myers was joking” and “did not even consider writing about it.” Here’s more from Rosenthal:
Myers walked by Hamels’ locker as he left the clubhouse. The two are good friends and Myers is bit of a wise guy, the kind who always has something to say. He made his remark in passing, not in an in-your-face way.
Brown’s original report had Hamels being “guided away by a team official” before things got out of hand, but Rosenthal suggests that “Charlie Manuel was waiting to meet with Hamels in his office” and public-relations director Greg Casterioto “walked him there.”
Here are the Rangers and Blue Jays lineups for Game 1 of the ALDS in Toronto:
CF Delino DeShields
RF Shin-Soo Choo
3B Adrian Beltre
DH Prince Fielder
1B Mike Napoli
LF Josh Hamilton
SS Elvis Andrus
2B Rougned Odor
C Robinson Chirinos
SP Yovani Gallardo
With left-hander David Price on the mound for Toronto the Rangers are going with Mike Napoli at first base over Mitch Moreland. Beyond that it’s a pretty standard lineup for Texas, or at least standard for what manager Jeff Banister used down the stretch once Josh Hamilton was healthy enough to play left field.
LF Ben Revere
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Justin Smoak
C Russell Martin
2B Ryan Goins
CF Kevin Pillar
SP David Price
After returning from the disabled list for the final weekend of the regular season Troy Tulowitzki is in the lineup and batting fifth. That allows Ryan Goins to play second base in place of the injured Devon Travis. Justin Smoak gets the nod over Chris Colabello at first base against a right-hander.
Houston made one unexpected change to the roster for the ALDS, leaving off veteran reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls warmed up but never appeared in the Wild Card game win over the Yankees and during the regular season the 36-year-old right-hander logged 49 innings with a 4.38 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio. Qualls was on the Astros’ last playoff team in 2005.
Utility man Jonathan Villar has been bumped off the roster in favor of outfielder Preston Tucker, as the Astros opted for a good left-handed bat off the bench versus the Royals rather than Villar’s speed.