The Rays’ and Rangers’ benches cleared after a pickoff attempt


Rays shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning against Rangers starter Ross Detwiler. The next batter, Tim Beckham, took a fastball high and outside for ball one. Catcher Robinson Chirinos popped up and fired to second, hoping to catch Cabrera too far off the second base bag. Second baseman Adam Rosales took the throw and applied the tag to Cabrera, who was deemed safe.

Cabrera shoved Rosales, which caused an argument and both benches to empty. Order was restored quickly, however, and no one was ejected. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times discerned that the issue arose when Rosales elbowed Cabrera as he slid back to second base. In my own interpretation, the elbow appeared to be inadvertent due to a loss of balance, not malicious. Cabrera likely thought Rosales was trying to push him off of the bag.

You can watch the benches empty with video here.

Jesus Luzardo beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pitcher Jesus Luzardo became the second player in two days to beat the Miami Marlins in salary arbitration and was awarded $2.45 million.

Miami had argued for $2.1 million during a hearing Thursday before a panel of John Stout, Melinda Gordon and Richard Bloch.

AL batting champion Luis Arraez, an All-Star infielder acquired by the Marlins from Minnesota last month, was awarded a $6.1 million salary on Thursday rather than the team’s $5 million figure.

Luzardo, a 25-year-old left-hander, was 4-7 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 starts last year, striking out 120 and walking 35 in 100 1/3 innings. He is 13-18 with a 3.59 ERA in 45 starts and 16 relief appearances over four big league seasons.

Luzardo made $715,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He can become a free agent after the 2026 season.

Players have won two of three decisions this year, with about 20 more scheduled for hearings.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.