Tigers done with Orioles, but animosity seems to live on
May 14, 2014 at 8:50p ET
On Monday, Orioles started Bud Norris hit Torii Hunter with a fastball in the ribs right after Ian Kinsler hit a home run in the eighth inning.
Home plate umpire James Hoye ejected Norris. Benches cleared and bullpens emptied as Hunter and Norris exchanged words.
Although no brawl erupted, clearly things were simmering.
Once the Tigers took a 5-0 lead Wednesday, Tigers starter Justin Verlander threw a pitch that went behind Nelson Cruz in the fourth inning.
Home plate umpire John Tumpane warned both benches after the pitch.
Asked by FOX Sports Detroit's John Keating after the game if there was a message sent or if he and Cruz exchanged words, Verlander replied, "No" to both questions.
Verlander told reporters in Baltimore, "It just slipped."
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher, seemed to back up Verlander's claim.
"As skilled as pitchers are at this level, balls get away from pitchers, simple as that," Ausmus told Keating. "Just like I'm sure the ball got away from Bud Norris."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter seemed to think that there was a little inconsistency from the umpiring crew.
"I'm just trying to figure out the consistency of it," Showalter told reporters in Baltimore. "You get one pitch and they read intent on Bud, and you get one pitch that's completely obvious that there's intent there, so why did you issue a warning and not eject him?"
The Tigers have completed their season series with the Orioles, winning five of six.