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.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.