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Youkilis talks about brawl

08.12.09 at 12:54 am ET
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Following the Red Sox’ 7-5 win over the Tigers, Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Kevin Youkilis spoke about charging Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello and ultimately getting ejected because of it:

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Youk on getting hit: “I just thought it looked like there was intent there. Two days in a row of getting hit. At some point you have to do something to protect yourself as a hitter.”

“I knew I was out of the game. It was a given.”

Rick Porcello maintained afterward that it was definitely NOT intentional.

Youk on never charging before: “It was something I have never done before, and never thought of ever doing but at some point… I lost my control there and let my emotions get the best of me.”

“Two days in a row and the way it was going I had enough of it. At some point you have to protect yourself as a hitter and your teammates. I felt like I had to do what I had to do.”

(Second time Porcello has hit Youkilis) “I don’t remember him hitting me the last time. I’ve been hit a lot. That one just seemed a little odd. The first pitch.”

“I definitely regret it being on TV for the kids out there. It’s not the way you should handle it. Like I said, there comes a point in your life where you have to protect yourself and you can’t just continue to get hit up there.”

(On throwing the helmet at Porcello) “Basically, everything happened so fast, you just don’t realize what you’re doing.”

Youk on the fight motivating his team: “If that’s what guys say and it got them going, hopefully we’ll never have to get a team going like that. Hopefully I can do it playing the game of baseball. It happens in baseball sometimes and hopefully this will be the last time it ever happens.”

“A lot of times guys are trying to pitch inside. There are times I get hit, but the last two days were different. I think there was intent there to hit.”

(On what he was thinking when running toward Porcello) “I don’t think there is any plan. If I was an ultimate fighter I think there would be a plan, but I didn’t plan on that to happen. I was trying to go up there and have a good at-bat and get on base. I got on base but it wasn’t the way I like it.”

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