Gesture by Cubs' Lake inspires confrontation with Marlins
MIAMI (AP) Chicago Cubs right fielder Junior Lake gestured at the Miami dugout during his home run trot Wednesday night, which inspired a bench-clearing confrontation led by Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.
After rounding third base, Lake put his index finger to his lips as if gesturing for silence while he looked at the Marlins. Several Miami players along the railing screamed at Lake in response and then ran onto the field, with Fernandez vaulting over the railing to lead the way even though he's on the disabled list.
Surrounded by their teammates, Lake and Fernandez screamed at each other near home plate before they were pulled away toward their respective dugouts. No one was ejected.
Lake was slow starting into his trot after he homered, and pitcher Dan Haren glared at him from the mound.