Tempers can flare even in the best dugouts. But when you’re a team with playoff expectations and a sub-.500 record, sometimes things boil over a little bit easier.
That was the case Friday night in Detroit, when Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher James McCann got into a shoving match in the dugout during the bottom of the sixth inning of Detroit’s 7-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
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Iglesias got a bad jump on a Rusney Castillo single earlier in the top half of the inning, and Xander Bogaerts doubled in two more runs immediately after. McCann had gestured toward the field just before the altercation, so it’s possible he was displeased with the effort of Iglesias, who is known as an excellent defensive shortstop.
McCann was asked about the scuffle after the game but declined to elaborate.
“It?s an in-house subject and we got it taken care of,? McCann said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Jose and I are both rooting for each other and we?re both rooting for each other as the game went on.”