Matt Garza was probably just psyching himself up with his promise to put a beatdown on the Orioles on Friday, but his comments to the St. Petersburg Times definitely got the attention of people wondering whether he would back up his words.
Garza got roughed up the last time he faced Baltimore, and vowed there would be no repeat Friday.
"I owe them a lot of payback for the type of outing I had last time against them," he said. "They had back-to-back-to-back [homers]. 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.' "
So Garza was, what, angry that the Orioles tried hard? Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't too riled up by the smack talk. He even seemed somewhat amused.
"I wouldn't go that far," he told reporters. "It's not bragging if you can back it up."
So did he? Garza's line: 5 2/3 innings, 5 H, 1 ER, 3K, 3BB
Eh, not exactly "shoving it down their throats," but not bad.-- David Andriesen
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