Mild-mannered Nelson Cruz talked about his second temper flare-up in the past four games, the latest being some choice words for Royals pitcher Louis Coleman and catcher Bryan Pena after getting plunked to start the ninth inning.

Cruz admitted that he might have taken an extended look at his 420-foot homer in his previous at-bat to spark what he believed was an intentional hit by pitch. Pena, Cruz's teammate in the Dominican winter league for several season, said it wasn't intentional.

Both benches and bullpen cleared, and everyone met at home plate as Cruz and Pena jawed.