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Matt Garza throws a no-hitter; Jim Leyland no-spitter?

On Monday night, Tampa Bay Ray Matt Garza pitched a no-hitter in the Ray’s 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Garza’s no-hitter is the first one in franchise history, but not the first no-hitter this season. The year of the pitcher, Garza becomes the fifth player to pitch a no-hitter in 2010, well on track to beating the record of seven no-hitters in season back in 1990 and 1991.

While baseball fans have seen plenty of no-hitters and one kinda perfect game, Tigers manager Jim Leyland also gave fans a no-spitter. Leyland is in the midst of a spitting controversy. Umpire Marty Foster is claiming Leyland spit on him during an altercation in the third inning of Garza’s no-hitter. Leyland was tossed from the game after arguing with Foster over Ray’s B.J Upton’s stolen base.

Foster ejected Leyland claiming the manager spit on him, but Lelaynd says he’s innocent. “Did I spray him? Yes. Did I mean to? No. I was talking right close [to him] and what happens a lot of times, happened. I asked him if he was going to write me up. He said, ‘You spit on me.’ I said, ‘You mean to tell me that you’re going to write up that I deliberately spit on you?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Well that’s a blatant lie.’

The MLB is investigating the incident and will decide if further disciplinary action will be taken.

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Video: Fight in Tampa Bay dugout

Fighting isn’t just in hockey, Tampa Bay teammates got into a heated dispute in the dugout on Sunday. The altercation came between superstars BJ Upton and Evan Longoria. Longoria called out Upton for not hustling after a ball hit by Arizona’s Rusty Ryal. This is not the first time Upton has gotten into trouble for his lack of work ethic and was even benched by Manager Maddon in the past. Tampa Bay has lost eight of their last 10 games.

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