HOUSTON -- St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols and Houston pitcher Brandon Backe had a heated exchange as the Astros left the field after batting practice tonight.
The exchange happened in front of Astros manager Cecil Cooper
and lasted for a few minutes. It involved yelling and ended with
Cooper putting his arm across Backe and leading him away from
The incident apparently revolved around Pujols sliding into
Astros catcher J.R. Towles in the eighth inning of the Cardinals'
5-3 win over the Astros last night.
Towles said Pujols called the clubhouse after the game last
night to apologize for the way he slid into home plate. Towles said
he thought Pujols slid into him instead of sliding into the plate,
but that he accepted his apology and "it was over."
Backe's a right-handed starter. He says said Pujols approached
him tonight and asked why he was "pressing on about it." Pujols
wouldn't discuss it in detail, but said Backe "had a problem with
me calling over there."
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