Closer Jenks admits to purpose pitch

May 11, 2009 9:24:28 AM PDT
Major League Baseball is reviewing a pitch by White Sox closer Bobby Jenks thrown Saturday behind the back of Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, a league spokesman told ESPNChicago.com on Monday. Jenks acknowledged that his pitch in Saturday's 3-2 win was intentional, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Asked if the ninth-inning pitch that came with two outs "got away from him," Jenks said emphatically that he threw the pitch with a purpose, after Rangers starter Kevin Millwood had hit Chris Getz and Carlos Quentin with pitches earlier.

"No, I meant to. To send a message," Jenks said, according to the newspaper. "Basically I was saying, 'I'm sick of seeing our guys get hit and hurt and almost get taken out of the game.' I threw it with intention."

Kinsler popped out to second to end the game after home plate umpire Lance Barksdale issued warnings to both teams.

Jenks added his intent wasn't to hit Kinsler.

"I'm not going to put a guy on in that situation," he said, according to the Tribune. "I was not going to hit him. I made my point with that pitch and it came across the way I wanted it to.

"I'm not going to go dirty. I was going to keep it low and behind him."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Jenks' pitch behind Kinsler wasn't as a result of a bench order, and that he thought Millwood's pitches that hit Getz and Quentin weren't intentional.

"That's his problem," Guillen said of Jenks, according to the newspaper. "I know what I see and what I think. I don't think it was the right moment to do it because we can get in trouble. But if he says he did it, I respect his word and I can't do anything about it right now."


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