Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley said Friday night that he was "bothered" by Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista's bat slam and animated trip around the bases after he hit a tying two-run homer off Kelley in the eighth inning of Thursday night's 3-2 Yankees victory.
"I honestly felt disrespected," Kelley said, "and I didn't do anything to deserve it."
Bautista's 33rd homer came on a high 0-and-2 pitch that wasn't high enough, and Kelley said he watched it on video afterward. He wasn't happy to see Bautista slam down his bat, walk up the first-base line and curse while running around the bases.
"I didn't understand the extent of that emotion, I guess," Kelley said. "I guess I maybe took it a little bit personal, like it was directed at me. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. I don't feel like that necessarily is the right thing to do in that situation."
Bautista, who went into the at-bat with one double in four at-bats against Kelley, said he was upset with a strike call two pitches earlier and fired up by the situation.
"I can assure you 100 percent that his name, his face were the last things on my mind,'' Bautista said. "It's unfortunate that he feels like any of that was directed towards him. I'm a passionate guy that plays with his emotions on his sleeve."
Carlos Beltran, who was away from the team for two games after his wife had a miscarriage, returned to the lineup and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday night . . . Masahiro Tanaka is on schedule to start against the Blue Jays on Sunday and could throw 70 to 75 pitches, manager Joe Girardi said. The outing will help the Yankees and Tanaka determine whether he can avoid Tommy John surgery and could give Tanaka and the club some peace of mind during the offseason. Said Girardi, "It's a risk worth taking."