Orioles manager Buck Showalter needed to be restrained from Yankees skipper Joe Girardi during a tense game between AL East rivals on Monday night.
According to Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, tensions began rising when Girardi began "chirping at Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson" during the bottom half of the first. Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reported after the game that Showalter was upset with Girardi for accusing Dickerson of stealing signs.
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In between the first and the second, both Girardi and Showalter emerged from their respective dugouts and hollered at each other across the diamond. The umpiring crew managed to keep the two managers apart and no one was ejected. The Orioles went on to win 4-2.
Showalter said after the game that Dickerson was not stealing signs.
"I’m pretty sure that’s what [Girardi said]. If we were doing that, Manny wouldn’t have bunted, right, if we had the pitches?" Showalter said, via the Baltimore Sun.
Meanwhile, Girardi didn't go into detail about the incident but told reporters he was protecting his players.
“The one thing that I’ve done the whole time I’ve been here and everywhere I’ve been, I’m going to protect our players always," Girardi said. "That’s what I’m going to do and it was something I saw and I’m just going to leave it at that.”