Things are getting chippy in the Buckeye State during the Cincinnati-Cleveland interleague series.
Even the broadcasters are getting into it.
Tom Hamilton, the longtime "Voice of the Indians" was incensed after Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman buzzed a couple of high-and-inside fastballs past Tribe slugger Nick Swisher in the ninth inning of Cincinnati's 4-2 win Monday.
After the second pitch, Hamilton sounded as if he was ready to come out of the booth to brawl.
"What you'd love to see Swisher do here is knock it right off the temple of Chapman and see how much fun it is to have a ball coming at your head," Hamilton said.
Hamilton predicted there would be retaliation when the series goes to Cleveland on Wednesday.
"You just can't be throwing at people's heads," Hamilton said. "This isn't over yet."
On Tuesday, though, Cleveland manager Terry Francona pretty much said it was over.
"I didn't really think about it a whole lot then and I didn't today," Francona said. Asked if there would be retaliation, he observed, "No, you just play the game."
Hamilton, for his part, tried to downplay the histrionics on Tuesday, saying, "I don't want to be the story here." (Too late.)
When reminded that he said he'd like to see Chapman hit in the head by a line drive, the broadcaster said, "That sure wasn't the intent to mean it that way." (Let's just go to the tape on that, Jim.)
It's a simple game. Texas ace Yu Darvish was philosophical after striking out 14 in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to Arizona on Monday, making him the first pitcher since the Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson in 2004 to have three games with at least 14 strikeouts in one season.
"Baseball's not a competition about getting strikeouts," Darvish said. "It's about winning."