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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Marlins’ Starling Marte, José Ureña hurt against Yankees

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NEW YORK — Miami outfielder Starling Marte and right-hander Jose Urena left Sundays’ regular-season finale against the New York Yankees after getting hurt in the early innings.

Marte was hit on the front of his helmet by Clarke Schmidt’s 94 mph fastball in the second inning. The pitch knocked off the helmet. Marte stayed down for a few minutes and was replaced by Lewis Brinson.

Urena, a candidate for Miami’s postseason bullpen, was hit on his pitching hand by a 103.9 mph line drive from AL batting leader DJ LeMahieu with one out in the third. Urena crumpled over in pain, stayed down in front of the mound before exiting the game. He was replaced by Daniel Castano.

Miami acquired Marte from Arizona on Aug. 31. He is hitting .245 with four homers and 13 RBI in 28 games with the Marlins.

Urena was among 18 Marlins sidelined with COVID-19 early this season. He is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts since his season debut Sept. 7.