Lorenzo Cain believes Jeff Samardzija intentionally hit him with a pitch

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Things got a little tense in Monday’s Opening Day matchup between the White Sox and Royals. After Jeff Samardzija gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the fifth inning, he hit Lorenzo Cain with the very next pitch. You can watch the play here.

Some words were exchanged between Cain and Samardzija, but order was quickly restored. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Cain told reporters after the game that he thought it was intentional:

“I gave him a look,” Cain told Kansas City reporters. “I wasn’t sure if he hit me on purpose or not. But once he told me to get down, I was sure he hit me on purpose. It’s straight to the point. He hit me on purpose. But beating him the way we did today, it definitely makes up for that.”

Samardzija denied that it was intentional, but it’s not like he would come clean if it was. As Cain said, it didn’t matter much anyway, as the Royals did their talking with the bat and won 10-1.

Mitch Moreland signs one-year, $3 million deal with Red Sox

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First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.

Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.