Yadier Molina: “If you’re going to scream at me you’ve got to be ready to fight”

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Benches cleared in Game 1 of the NLDS between the Cardinals and Dodgers yesterday after Adam Wainwright hit Yasiel Puig with a pitch. Things escalated when Adrian Gonzalez walked to the plate and began jawing with Yadier Molina. The two went nose-to-nose before eventually being separated.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch got Molina’s take on the incident after the game. He admitted that he lost his composure before Cardinals manager Mike Matheny stepped in, but he also appeared prepared to fight Gonzalez if it came down to it.

“I was hot. He knows me well. At that time I wasn’t thinking,” Molina said. Gonzalez “was screaming at me. I told him, ‘If you’re going to scream at me you’ve got to be ready to fight.’ I don’t let anybody talk to me that way.”

The tension between these clubs dates back to last year’s NLCS and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s worth noting that Molina shoved home plate umpire Jerry Meals aside during the confrontation with Gonzalez. Fortunately for him, Meals didn’t lose his cool, too.

Here’s more from Gonzalez and Molina after the game:

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Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.