Cabrera yelled something in Rodney's direction on his way back to the dugout and TV cameras caught Cabrera continuing to talk once inside.
"He said, 'Wow.' I said, 'Wow,' too. It's my job," Rodney said after the game. "You can have fun when you hit home runs. I can have fun when I strike you out.
"You have to pitch inside sometimes. You don't want to hit anybody because the game was on the line. I tried to move him a little bit because he's a dangerous hitter."
Cabrera had no comment on the incident but Tigers manager Jim Leyland took issue with the inside fastball.
"I don't care about throwing inside but I don't like it up there," Leyland said. "We will not tolerate that. You can take that to the bank. We won't tolerate that up to the head to anybody. … That will cause a lot of problems for people."
"It seems like Miguel might have been upset and I really don't know why," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "There was no ill-intent at all going on there. I was just watching the whole thing. I was kind of surprised, actually."
Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.