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Glen Perkins Sparks Benches-Clearing Discussion

Updated: 04/09/2014 8:42 PM
Created: 04/09/2014 5:56 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

There was plenty of excitement Wednesday as the Minnesota Twins battled the Oakland Athletics at Target Field.

The Twins scored two runs in the night inning to force extras, but the A's ultimately triumphed 7-4 in 11 innings.

Closer Glen Perkins was part of the drama in the 10th inning when he struck out A's third baseman Josh Donaldson.

According to The Associated Press, Perkins shouted some obscenities and pointed at Donaldson, who gestured and "started to red line," as Donaldson put it afterward.

Donaldson's path to Perkins was cut off by the Twins, and after the dugouts mostly emptied the tension de-escalated.

Donaldson nearly homered during that at-bat, but the ball drifted foul. Perkins said he thought Donaldson was admiring his drive too long.

"I don't feel like I disrespected him at all. I'm up there trying to win a game for our team, and he's trying to win a game for his team. Juices are flowing," Donaldson said.

Said Perkins: "There were things that happened in that at-bat that we both could have done differently. So we'll leave it at that."

The Twins will try to salvage the final game of the three-game series against the A's Thursday afternoon.

Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza, right back, escorts Oakland Athletics’ Josh Donaldson, right front, away after the A's and the Minnesota Twins dugouts cleared after Twins' Glen Perkins struck out Donaldson and words were exchanged in the tenth inning.
Photo: AP/Tom Olmscheid
Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza, right, and Daric Barton, restrain Josh Donaldson, center right, after Donaldson struck out and had words with Minnesota Twins pitcher Glen Perkins during the tenth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Photo: AP/Tom Olmscheid

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