At some point this weekend, a Yankees batter is bound to dodge an inside fastball from a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher and wonder.
Was that intentional?
Umpires will be on alert, and the fans have returned at Yankee Stadium to offer their instant reaction.
An tense undercurrent accompanies this three-game Rays-Yankees series beginning Friday night, because four Tampa Bay batters were drilled by Yankees pitchers last weekend at Tropicana Field.
“We were mad. We voiced our opinions,’’ said Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, currently on the injured list due to a quad strain. “There was a lot of barking from (our) dugout, rightfully so.’’
Chatter is one thing. The possibility of retaliation is another.