While the White Sox downplayed an incident that happened during the ninth inning of Saturday's game, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was intent on smoothing things over Sunday.
Facing reliever Chris Sale with Rays trailing 4-1 Saturday, Felipe Lopez hit a solo home run. Before launching into his trot, Lopez flipped his bat toward the pitcher's mound. When Lopez reached home plate, Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was waiting for him with some choice words.
Lopez said afterwards that it was an accident – the bat slipped. Still, Lopez called Guillen after the game to apologize.
Maddon said he planned to talk to Lopez and reach out to Ozzie Guillen before Sunday's game.
“That's not who we are,” Maddon said. “We don't do that here.”
Lopez was not in the Rays' lineup on Sunday.