Crawford shouts at Burrell in clubhouse
BALTIMORE -- Tampa Bay outfielder Carl Crawford angrily shouted at teammate Pat Burrell in the clubhouse before Wednesday night's game against Baltimore, the latest breakdown in a lost season for the Rays.
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Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell got into a shouting match Wednesday, continuing the disintegration of this year's version of the Rays, writes Buster Olney in the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse. Story
It was not clear what caused the dispute shortly before the Rays took the field for pregame stretching.
Crawford, the MVP of this year's All-Star Game, repeatedly yelled across the clubhouse at the Rays' designated hitter. Burrell did not respond.
A teammate then stepped in front of Crawford, trying to calm the situation. Crawford was ushered into a side room.
Manager Joe Maddon said he met with both players after confrontation and cleared the air.
"Everything's good," Maddon said.
The AL champion Rays have lost 12 of 13 and steadily dropped out of playoff contention.
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