Umpire Paul Nauert puts his hand on Tigers' Torii Hunter during a benches-clearing incident. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Major League Baseball is expected to review an incident in which umpire Paul Nauert put his hand on Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter during last night's game against the Baltimore Orioles, reports Tom Gage and Tony Paul of The Detroit News.
Orioles pitcher Bud Norris served up a two-run homer to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning. Norris then hit Hunter in the ribs with a 94 mph fastball on the very next pitch, causing both benches to clear. Norris was subsequently ejected.
Yelling ensued and during the incident, Nauert put his hand on Hunter's face as he started shouting at the Orioles dugout.
"That's my guy," Hunter said of Nauert. "He was trying to cover my mouth. I've known him too long [to be upset]. He was just saying to me, 'C'mon, T. You're way better than that.' And he's right.
"I apologize to the fans for my reaction."
SI.COM STAFF: MLB Power Rankings: Athletics first again as Orioles, Mariners climb
"It's like a pickup basketball game. There's a foul and two guys argue," Hunter said. "There's a lot of adrenaline going. Once you calm down and think about the situation ... it doesn't make sense. I'm too old for this stuff. I've got kids in college. I can't be doing that."