TORONTO -- Former Braves teammates Matt Diaz and Yunel Escobar got tangled up at second base twice during a three-game series between the Pirates and Blue Jays, and Escobar appeared less than pleased with Diaz's aggressive slides into the bag both times.
Diaz went in hard on Tuesday, trying to break up a potential double-play in the fifth. He swung his legs out toward Jays shortstop Escobar, who was on the outside part of the bag, but did remain close enough to touch the base as he went in.
Escobar was unable to get a throw off to first, and he told Diaz afterward that he didn't appreciate the slide.
"He let me know that he wasn't thrilled the other day when I got him," Diaz said. "I went and looked at that and I didn't think there was anything wrong at all. He's a great player. He's an unbelievable talent. I played with him in Atlanta. He didn't get off the bag very well."
Thursday's seventh-inning incident was nearly identical, with Diaz again swinging his legs out to prevent Escobar from turning two. As Diaz crossed the base, Escobar swung his right arm down into Diaz's chest. It wasn't known whether Escobar intentionally went at Diaz or if he was trying to get a low throw off and found Diaz to be in the way.
Regardless, Diaz regretted nothing about going in hard at Escobar both times.
"Both times I looked at the film to make sure it wasn't bad, and I was sitting on the bag both times," Diaz said. "Fortunately, it broke up the double play and kept the inning alive. We need all the chances we can get to score offensively. Breaking up a double play is a way to do that."
After both plays, Diaz got up quickly and hustled to the dugout to avoid any further confrontation.
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