Crawford hoping to avoid disciplinary action

Crawford hoping to avoid disciplinary action

ST. PETERSBURG -- Neither Carl Crawford nor Joe Maddon heard anything Wednesday about possible disciplinary action in the aftermath of each of their ejections by Bob Davidson in Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Crawford had taken a pitch for a strike from Boston's Jon Lester with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, and Tampa Bay's left fielder appeared shocked when Davidson called the pitch a strike. From there, a confrontation between Crawford and Davidson developed.

Tim Tschida, the crew chief, spoke on behalf of Davidson after Tuesday night's game and explained Crawford's ejection: "Carl didn't like the strike call and made his point. And they were hammering it back and forth, but Carl gradually started moving closer to the umpire. And Bob's line was, 'Now you're coming into my space here, back off.' And when he said, 'Back off,' [Crawford] actually moved closer. That's why Carl was ejected from the game."

Crawford disputed that explanation Wednesday.

"I saw the one quote he said, he lied about that one quote," Crawford said. "[Davidson] said he told me to get out of my space. He didn't say anything like that. He did not say nothing like that."

Crawford said he hopes to slip by without receiving any disciplinary action, which he maintained is a reasonable expectation due to the fact he "wasn't the aggressor."

"He did everything," Crawford said of Davidson. "I was kind of being a man. Somebody's screaming and yelling at you, you're going to scream back. I was just trying to defend myself."

Maddon believes that any recourse stemming from the incident is not necessary.

"I just think it was a good old argument based on a rather large strike zone," Maddon said.