Tempers flare between Yanks, Twins

Tempers flare between Yanks, Twins

NEW YORK -- In the top of the eighth inning of Friday's game, which was won by the Yankees, 5-4, first baseman Mark Teixeira exchanged some heated words with Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez.

Teixeira felt that Gomez had run too close to the line, which could potentially injure him when he fielded the throw from catcher Kevin Cash. After the pair had a verbal spat, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Yanks manager Joe Girardi came out to add some words of their own.

"I just wanted to make sure nothing escalated," Girardi said.

Girardi also wanted to check on Teixeira's wrist, which he had problems with earlier in the year.

"Ron came out, he started yelling at my player, and I didn't say anything to his player," Girardi said. "That I didn't necessarily care for."

Gardenhire was equally dismissive following the game, calling the incident "heat of the moment stuff."

"He's defending, I'm defending," Gardenhire said of Girardi. "That's what we do -- defend [our players]."

Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.