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Mills: No ill intent on Lopez pitch that struck Ramirez

Tempers flared in the seventh inning of the Marlins’ 5-3 win over the Astros on Wednesday when Houston reliever Wilton Lopez hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch. Ramirez glared at Lopez and was escorted to first base by an umpire in an effort to keep the peace.

Lopez, who flashed the Marlins’ ’ lo viste sign – which is two fingers forming a sideways “V” over one eye –  as he left the mound when manager Brad Mills pulled him from the game, wasn’t available to talk. Mills said the hit by pitch wasn’t intentional.

“There’s no way we’re trying to hit him there,” he said. “A ball just got up and away from him. Look at how many pitchers we went through already. We don’t want to take a chance of going through absolutely everybody. That was just a ball that he opened up on it and the ball rode up and there was absolutely no intent.”

Astros pitcher Wilton Lopez flashes the Marlins’ lo viste sign as he leaves the mound during Wednesday’s game /Getty images.

Still, the Astros weren’t pleased at the gesturing of Ramirez and some of his teammates when the teams met last month in Miami.

“Very mature,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said sarcastically when asked about the incident. “He’s lucky I wasn’t Hanley. I would have chased his [rear] all the way to Puerto Rico.”

Warnings were issued to both benches, but the remainder of the game was played without incident.

“That’s just part of the game,” Guillen said. “He’s a kid. It’s no big deal. The umpires controlled that situation very well. I don’t have any problem with that. You’re just a kid and the emotions get to you. That happened and I don’t have a problem with that.”

Bill Hall brings an edge to the Astros

Bill Hall is hitting .188 with no homers and 12 strikeouts in 32 at-bats so far this season for the Astros, but you should feel fortunate to have him around. Sure, Hall is going to have his share of swings and misses at the plate and is going to be streaky on offense, but his presence is about more than stats.

What Hall has brought to the Astros is an edge. We saw Friday night when he slid aggressively – and maybe a little late – into Florida Marlins All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez that he plays the game hard, and he makes no apologies for that. He took offense to being hit by a pitch in Spring Training by Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels and said afterwards that Hamels “was a marked man,” and he didn’t mince words following Sunday’s game either.

Hall was hit by a pitch by Marlins reliever Edward Mujica in the seventh inning in apparent retaliation for the slide into Ramirez. Personally, I couldn’t wait to get to the clubhouse to hear what Hall had to say. He didn’t go as far as saying Mujica was a marked man, but he didn’t back down.

“I’m going to continue to play the game hard,” he said. “If I have to go in and break up another double play, no matter what team you’re playing or if you’re playing them again, I’m going to go in the same way. You’ve got to play the game hard. That’s what it’s all about.

“I’m not upset I went in there hard. I’m going to do it again. If they felt the need to retaliate or get even, that’s on them. At the same time I’m going to play the game hard and I feel like there’s 24 other guys in this room and a manager and coaches that have my back. We’re going to play the game and hard and not be pushed over by anybody.”

Every team needs a little attitude, a little edginess. Brett Myers brought that last year when he signed with the Astros, and Hall is cut from the same cloth. With so many young players on the team, having Myers and Hall setting examples isn’t a bad thing for the future. And they add a little spice for those that are covering the club, which makes them favorites in my book.

No hard feelings over play at second

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez said Saturday he doesn’t hold anything against Astros second baseman Bill Hall for his hard slide in Friday’s game, a slide that forced Ramirez to leave the game with a bruised shin. He wasn’t in the lineup Saturday, but is listed as day-to-day.

In case you missed it, Hall slid across second base and topped Ramirez while trying to break up a double play in the seventh inning Saturday. Hall was briefly shaken up, but Ramirez had to be helped off the field.

Ramirez hasn’t seen a replay of the seventh-inning play and doesn’t plan to.  The three-time All-Star believed it was a clean play and said he’s not upset with Hall and holds no ill will towards Hall.

“He got me pretty good, but he was just trying to do his job,” said Ramirez. “He was trying to break up a double play. You’re supposed to play the game hard and that’s the way he plays.”

Hall was glad Ramirez wasn’t seriously hurt.

“Obviously, you have to play this game hard,” Hall said. “I didn’t go in with ill intent. I’m an infielder myself, so I know what it feels like to be in those helpless positions. When you’re on the other side, you’ve still got to play the game hard. You’re risking injury yourself not playing the game hard.

“I’m going in hard, but his spin set left him out there. I’ve been in those positions myself and hopefully he’s not hurt too bad. Like I said, just got my ankle a little bit and I’ll be fine. It’s one of those things, you play the game hard and things like that happen.”

Hall said Ramirez started to scream as soon as the two collided.

“I knew it had a possibility of being bad,” he said. “I try to take guys out the right way – go shin on shin. I went shin on shin and unfortunately for him the throw was slow enough and with a guy on second I had a good enough lead that I could get in there fast. It was just one of those unfortunate plays. Hopefully he’s OK and get back in there tomorrow or the next day.”