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Penny fires back at Girardi

06.14.09 at 1:49 am ET
PHILADELPHIA — Speaking after the Red Sox‘ 11-6 win over Philadelphia, Red Sox starter Brad Penny addressed Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi’s assertion Friday that he threw at Alex Rodriguez on purpose in the Sox’ win over New York, Thursday. 

“Why is he bringing it up a day later? Why not talk about it Thursday?” Penny said. “The game’s over with. I think he’s just frustrated. They have a good team and a good lineup. It’s not like this (season’s) over. It’s far from over.”

Regarding the pitch that hit A-Rod, Penny responded, “I don’t care what [Giardi] thinks. I didn’t hit him intentionally. I’m just pitching. We don’t go back and say they hit us intentionally. We’ve got games to worry about, not that (stuff). I don’t give a (care) what he says. He needs to worry about managing and let the league and the umpires take care of their job and he an take care of his.”

The Sox starter said, unlike the Yankees, the Red Sox haven’t filed complaints to the league when similar situations have come up involving their hitters. “And they called the commissioner’s office. Come on. Let’s play baseball. What’s over’s over. It wasn’t intentional. Let’s move forward.”

Sunday, Girardi responded one more time.

‘€œHe’€™s got to do what he thinks is right and I’€™m OK with that,’€ Girardi told reporters before hit team’s game against the Mets. ‘€œIt’€™s not like I blasted Brad Penny – I just said I thought he hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose. I wasn’€™t 100 percent sure and only Brad Penny knows.

‘€œI shared a feeling that I had and didn’€™t mean to stir anything up. I just said what I thought.’€

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