Mitch Talbot hits A-Rod with pitch

NEW YORK -- Cleveland Indians right-hander Mitch Talbot was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Iassogna after hitting New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on his left quadriceps with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Talbot's ejection comes just a day after Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Indians manager Manny Acta had to be separated after righty Fausto Carmona hit first baseman Mark Teixeira.

The plunking had followed center fielder Curtis Granderson's second-inning solo home run.

Rodriguez fell to the ground after being hit and was in agony. He was visited by Girardi and the trainer while Acta -- looking disgusted -- argued with Iassogna, but to no avail.

Talbot was replaced by Rafael Perez. The Yankees won 4-0 behind home runs from Rodriguez, Granderson and Teixeira.

"After the situation we had (Friday), and Alex hit a big home run (Friday) and hit another home run (Saturday), and Curtis Granderson hit a home run (Friday) and another one (Saturday), he threw the pitch directly at (Rodriguez)," Iassogna said. "His defense was that he didn't hit him intentionally."

It appeared that Acta had a valid point, as Talbot seemed to slip on the mound, causing his cut-fastball to tail in. But given what has transpired the past two days, Iassogna wasn't willing to let anything escalate.

"I was very surprised by the ejection," Acta said. "I mean, it was raining out there. You can probably ask both teams, but only one person in this park felt that it was on purpose. It was really baffling to me."

Acta and Girardi both said that neither team was warned by the umpiring crew before the game.

"There was no need for it. There's no animosity between us," Acta said. "What happened (Friday) was (Friday). The thing that I didn't like was he told me that he didn't like the timing of his slip on the mound. When is the right time to slip? There was no intention or reason for it. It was a 2-0 game and we're trying to win."

Crew chief/third base umpire Dale Scott noted that the Yankees were warned after Rodriguez was hit, as to prevent them from retaliating.

"Once the warning is issued -- and Dan did immediately -- then the manager would be ejected if there was another incident," Scott said.

Girardi didn't know if he thought the pitch was intentional, but he and Rodriguez both sensed there was something "fishy" going on, given that Yankee batters have now been hit a combined eight times in the last five games, with at least one HBP in each game.

"I'm not sure if it was intentional, but I know it hurt like hell," said Rodriguez, who was replaced by Eduardo Nuñez at third in the top of the ninth but says he's "fine" and will be able to play Sunday. "It's just the form of getting hit, it seems a little fishy. Obviously guys are going deep and pitchers are shaking two or three times to the fastball in and we're getting smoked.

"I really don't like to get into any of that. We just like to play the game. The bottom line is we got embarrassed here against Boston and got punched in the mouth, and we counter punched it and played well the last two games."

Girardi said on Friday night and reiterated after Saturday afternoon's game that he's tired of his players getting hit and is going to protect them. He eluded to the fact that the hit-by-pitches have often come after home runs.

The Yankees have hit a major league leading 95 homers this season.

Talbot plunked Rodriguez following Granderson's 20th homer -- which tied for the major league lead -- and a long fly out by Teixeira.

"Our guys get hit too much," Girardi said. "And we're a club that hits home runs. People don't necessarily like that, but I've always said a run's a run."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.