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05/12/09 7:50 PM ET
Kinsler not bothered by Jenks' brushback
Rangers infielder says purpose pitches 'part of the game'
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler was unperturbed by White Sox reliever Bobby Jenks' open admission that he deliberately threw at the Rangers second baseman on Saturday. "That's part of the game," Kinsler said Tuesday afternoon. "There's nothing else to say about it." Jenks was fined an undisclosed amount -- reportedly $750 -- by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after admitting that he deliberately threw behind Kinsler in the ninth inning of Saturday's game between the Rangers and White Sox. Rangers pitchers had hit six batters in the first four meetings between the two teams, and Jenks wasn't happy about it. "Yeah, I wanted to go in and send a message, and I think that message was sent," Jenks said after his club's 3-2 victory on Saturday. Jenks threw behind Kinsler but did not hit him. Kinsler then popped out to end the game, and there were no further incidents between the two teams in the final game on Sunday. The two teams do not play again this year. "They can talk all they want, but we weren't trying to hit anybody," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "If their pitcher says something like that ... that's on him. If my guys get hit six times and one of my guys wants to take care of business, then take care of business. But don't talk about it."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.