7/23/2014 1:55 A.M. ET
Maddon: Early ejection a misunderstanding
Rays manager tossed in third after arguing from dugout, exchange with Wainwright
By Alex Halsted / MLB.com
ST. LOUIS -- Rays manager Joe Maddon's night came to an end quickly Tuesday, when he was ejected during the third inning of the Rays' 7-2 win over the Cardinals in unique fashion.
Maddon admits that he started by arguing with home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger from the Rays' dugout about the size of the strike zone for Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. When he heard Wainwright yell back, he directed his attention toward the mound.
"It was way too early to get kicked out, but it was a misunderstanding," Maddon said afterward. "I first started yelling at the home-plate umpire, I did. I did not want their pitcher to get a wide strike zone tonight. Then their pitcher starts yelling at the dugout. So I'm yelling at him, and the umpire thinks I'm yelling at the umpire and he kicks me out."
Wainwright, who was eventually chased in the fifth inning having allowed six runs, said he never directed his comments toward Maddon.
"I wasn't yelling at him, ever," the All-Star pitcher said. "I did say, 'That's enough,' though, which is the first time for me ever to do that. I felt like it was time to move on. I was ready to pitch, and the umpire was ready for me to pitch. Sometimes it's hard to pitch when the opposing manager is yelling."
After second baseman Ben Zobrist was called out on strikes as the second out of the third, he exchanged words with Ripperger. Maddon shortly thereafter emerged from the dugout after being ejected to discuss the matter, but he had no luck pleading his case to third-base ump Kerwin Danley.
It was Maddon's fourth ejection this season, but different than any he has had before.
"It doesn't happen every day," Maddon said. "Umpires yelling in your dugout, other players yelling in your dugout, you never stand for that. If anybody ever yells in our dugout, you just can't do that. Of course [I had to yell back]. There was no question."
Wainwright insisted there is no controversy, and Maddon all but made that clear, too. In fact, the ninth-year Rays manager thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Listen, I loved it. I thought it was tremendous, and I'm all about that. I thought it was great," Maddon said. "I'm not going to indict his professionalism, I just really enjoyed the exchange."
Longoria homers to set Rays' RBI record
ST. LOUIS -- Evan Longoria continued to make Rays history Tuesday night, when he sent a ninth-inning pitch over the left-field wall at Busch Stadium.
Longoria, who on Sunday set the franchise record with 216 career doubles and tied Carl Crawford for the franchise mark with his 592nd RBI, passed Crawford with RBI No. 593 just two days later with his blast that capped a 7-2 win over the Cardinals. Crawford had also held the previous doubles record.
"I'm proud to be there amongst good company," Longoria said when he tied Crawford on Sunday. "Carl was a great ambassador for the Rays and obviously one of the guys this franchise will always remember. I'm pretty much here for the rest of my career, so I guess at some point I expected to be there. Today being the day, just a proud day."
The seventh-year pro surpassed Carlos Pena (162) in April for the club's home run record. He now has 174 in his career.
Longoria needs 23 extra-base hits to break his fourth franchise record this season. That mark is currently held by Crawford, who has 424.
Rays place ill Peralta on DL, recall Beliveau
ST. LOUIS -- Rays reliever Joel Peralta was placed on the disabled list Tuesday as he continues to battle joint pain and aches stemming from a mosquito bite.
Peralta, who last pitched July 12, went home to the Dominican Republic during the All-Star break and came down with a fever and aches when the team arrived in Minnesota to begin the season's second half Friday. The symptoms were comparable to the Chikungunya virus, which includes joint pain, headaches and a fever.
"He's ill," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Apparently it was a mosquito bite from what I understand. He was hurting, man. He had a fever, and his joints were achy and all the different things that if you go to WebMD you're going to see all the particular pitfalls about it."
Maddon said Peralta wasn't going to be available to return by Wednesday in St. Louis, so the team placed him on the disabled list and recalled Jeff Beliveau, who joined the club Tuesday for his fifth stint in the Majors this season.
Beliveau, a left-hander, has thrown only two innings in his previous four stints. He has a 1.50 ERA in 36 innings with Triple-A Durham.
"If someone goes down, I'm the guy they call up," Beliveau said. "I keep a bag packed. I literally had my bag packed from my last road trip in Buffalo. I was like, 'You know what, I'm not going to unpack it into my drawers.' I threw a few more shirts in there today, shut it and I was good to go."
How long Beliveau's stint will be this time remains uncertain. Peralta is eligible to return from the disabled list Monday, but there is currently no timetable as the team waits for him to first get rid of the symptoms before regaining his strength.
Peralta, who is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 appearances this season, said in an interview Monday the virus is supposed to last one week.
"He was starting to feel a little bit better, but we talked about his joints [being] achy and he was really lethargic and just had nothing," Maddon said. "I think you just have to wait for that to run its course. For right now, we just know he's out and I can't tell you exactly how long."
Rookie Kiermaier earns Heart and Hustle honor
ST. LOUIS -- When Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked Sunday in Minnesota, the Rays rookie didn't walk but rather hustled down the first-base line.
"Hey, man, it's called a walk for a reason," teammates told him.
That moment is one of several reasons Kiermaier has been named the Rays' recipient of this year's Heart and Hustle Award. The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game, and it is voted on by former players.
A recipient from each organization is honored before fans, alumni and active players vote to select a final winner to represent the league.
"I've looked at some of the other names of guys who were recipients for it, and it's really cool to be mentioned in the same category as them," Kiermaier said. "You can bet I'll be playing like that for as long as I play."
The final winner will be announced Nov. 18 at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City, a fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics.
• Maddon inserted starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi as his No. 8 hitter Tuesday night and said playing in National League parks prompts game-by-game decisions.
"A lot of it has to do with bringing over to the top part of the batting order, and the other part is the ability to pinch-hit a little bit sooner if necessary," Maddon said.
• Maddon watched the Cardinals and Dodgers on Sunday night from across Busch Stadium at Ballpark Village.
"Tremendous vibe that they've got going on here," said Maddon, who grew up as a Cardinals fan. "As a kid, I was definitely attracted to it heavily. You look at the [retired] numbers up on the board right there. It's all about the fans. The fans here are phenomenal. It's a different place."
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.