Push comes to shove in struggling Rays' dugout


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tanyon Sturtze took the blame for his dugout spat with Tampa Bay manager Hal McRae.

McRae shoved Sturtze in the dugout after the pitcher was pulled
from the game and the Devil Rays went on to lose 8-5 in 12 innings
to the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Sturtze was lifted after five innings with a 5-3 lead. He was
sitting in the dugout when McRae came over to talk with him.
Sturtze appeared to brush McRae as he got up to walk away, then
pushed over two water coolers.

The second water cooler bounced off the dugout floor and hit
McRae in the leg. McRae caught up to Sturtze and shoved him in the back as the pitcher was heading toward the clubhouse tunnel.

The pair met in McRae's office after the game, and afterward
Sturtze took full responsibility for the incident.

``He had every right to shove me,'' Sturtze said. ``I acted in a
very unprofessional way. It's me being frustrated. It has nothing
to do with Hal. It's totally my fault.''

McRae called the matter a non-event.

``It's a non-issue for me,'' McRae said. ``We're OK with each
other. Everything is OK.''

Sturtze, who is 1-11 this season, allowed three runs and eight
hits in five innings, striking out two. He walked one, hit two
batters with pitches in the fourth and got a no-decision.

``I thought he needed to come out,'' McRae said. ``He ran a high pitch count (99). He was in jams. I was trying to win a baseball game.''

The Devil Rays have led in 16 of Sturtze's 23 starts this season. In 151 2/3 innings, he has given up 186 hits and 67 walks. He led the AL in both categories coming into the day.

``I think it's a combination,'' Sturtze said of his frustration. ``The way the season has been going for me.''

Tampa Bay GM Chuck LaMar declined comment, but said he planned on talking with McRae.

Aaron Rowand had an RBI double off Jesus Colome (2-6) to give
the White Sox a 6-5 lead in the 12th. Two runs were added when
Magglio Ordonez was hit a pitch with the bases loaded and Frank
Thomas walked on four pitches.

``Rowand is the type of player that when he is right, good things are going to happen for him,'' White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said.

Kelly Wunsch (2-1) got the final two outs in the 11th for the win. Antonio Osuna worked a scoreless inning for his eighth save in 11 opportunities

Carlos Lee homered and had three RBIs for the White Sox. He tied
the game at 5 with a two-run homer in the eighth.

``It's good to win ballgames,'' said Chicago's Royce Clayton, who went 3-for-6. ``We were able to come back late in the ballgame and get a big victory.''

Chicago starter Gary Glover gave up five runs and five hits in 7
1/3 innings. He allowed just two hits after the second inning.

John Flaherty had a two-run single and Randy Winn hit a
three-run homer that put the Devil Rays up 5-1 in the second.

Winn has a career-high 51 RBI, one better than his total from
last season.

Ordonez gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with a first-inning RBI single.
He has 20 RBI over his past 16 games.

Willie Harris and Lee had run-scoring singles during a two-run
fourth that drew the White Sox within 5-3. The inning ended when
center fielder Winn ran down Paul Konerko's drive at the wall.

Konerko kicked and then stumbled to the ground near first base
after seeing Winn make the catch.

The White Sox left 17 runners on base.

Game notes
Chicago INF Jose Valentin, who was slated to start at
third, was a late scratched with a stiff neck. He was going to
replace 3B Joe Crede, who was out of the starting lineup with a
sore left thumb. ... Lee hit a drive off a catwalk in the first
inning that was first called a home run. After discussing the
matter, the umpires changed the call to a foul ball. TV replays
showed the ball was foul. ... The Devil Rays and White Sox are the
two youngest teams in the majors.