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Rays right-hander Matt Garza doesn’t really care what Orioles designated hitter Luke Scott thinks of him. But he did have a rebuttal for Scott’s comments –which included referencing the Bible — to chastise Garza’s boasting.
Garza, who considers himself religious as well, told the St.Petersburg Times prior to Saturdya’s game that religion is something “that shouldn’t even be allowed” to be brought into a baseball game.
“That’s a topic where you don’t ever bring that up,” Garzas said of Scott referencing proverbs that included “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
“My feeling is that God has a lot better things to worry about than if I’m going to throw a strike on a certain pitch,” Garza told the Times. “A lot of other things. I’d rather (Scott) not bring it up.”
The firery Rays righty made waves prior to Friday’s start for comments he told reporters
in St. Petersbrug, which included the desire for a payback outing against the Orioles that would basically be like telling them to “shove it down their throats.”
After holding the O’s to one run over 5 2/3 innings, Garza said the mental game had been won, and Scott –who admitted Garza backed up his words — also voiced his displeasure over the public trash-talking.
Garza also told the Times that Scott’s post game comments were somewhat hypocritical given his elaborate home run celebration that includes pointing to the sky, hugging the on-deck hitter and high-fiving multiple teammates in what many Orioles have referenced as a “happy” home run celebration.
“It’s the same thing, where you’re showing up the other guy,” Garza said. “The game’s gone that far to where it’s acceptable. It’s just what it is.”
Rays starter Matt Garza is looking for revenge after his last outing at Camden Yards back in resulted in the Orioles lighting him up to the tune of seven runs –including four homers — in Baltimore’s 11-10 win. Here’s what Garza told the St. Petersburg Times regarding what he hopes to do on Friday…
“I owe them a lot of payback for the type of outing I had last time against them,” he said to the paper. “They had back-to-back-to-back. So I’m going to make them feel really uncomfortable in the box. So they know, this (stuff) doesn’t happen, so don’t get used to it.
“I’m going to go in there, hair on fire, like I have been and go after them and say, ‘Hey, you got me the first time, well I’m going to shove it down your throat this time.’ “
Garza is 13-7 with a 3.53 ERA and will face veteran Kevin Millwood in the series-opening set.