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Who Gets Hit Tonight?

By Dustin Racioppi

Aside from bad pitching and balls flying out of Camden Yards, last night's matchup between the Yanks and Orioles also featured some good old-fashioned baseball brouhaha.

As noted in the previous entry, A.J. Burnett kicked it off with his derisive actions towards — or about — center fielder Felix Pie, who planted a flat Burnett fastball into the stands in the first inning. O's Manager Dave Trembley was peeved about it and said so himself. Burnett denies any Bush League remarks or actions.

Later in the game, Nick Swisher received some words (unlikely kind ones) from Orioles pitcher Matt Albers and his pitching coach after staring at a called strike three too long.

So, as stellar Journal News beat writer Pete Abraham suggested in his blog, there's a good chance that the Yankees won't leave Baltimore tonight without bruises. The question is, who will it be?

I wouldn't bet that tonight's Yankee starter CC Sabathia will lead things off by throwing at any of the Orioles batters. My guess is that Jeter, A-Rod or Swisher will be the recipient of Oriole frustration tonight, be it a brush back or straight up bean between the shoulder blades. There will then be the obligatory warning from the umpires (ridiculous) and then the tension between the two teams will likely die as quickly as the Orioles season. Er, if that's possible.

Who do you think will get the payback treatment tonight?

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