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Danks has words with ‘clown’ Bautista

ToronBlue Jays' Jose Bautistwatches his three-run home run hit during first inning baseball game Saturday May 28 2011 Toronto. (AP

Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista watches his three-run home run hit during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 28, 2011, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

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Updated: September 10, 2011 12:36AM

TORONTO — John Danks and the White Sox were none too pleased with home-run leader Jose Bautista’s reaction to popping out to shortstop in the fourth inning Sunday.

Bautista slammed his bat to the artificial turf about halfway down the first-base line. He and Danks exchanged words as Bautista passed him on his way to the Blue Jays’ dugout.

“I just told him to run the bases,’’ Danks said. “He’s out there acting like a f---ing clown. He’s a good player. He’s had a great year and a half, no doubt. He’s been one of the best hitters in the league. He’s out there acting like he’s Babe Ruth or something. It’s horses---, I think.’’

The previous batter, Corey Patterson, had homered off Danks, who was well on his way to falling to 0-8.

Danks said Bautista’s reaction considering the score at the time, 8-1, wasn’t a factor.

“No, just the way he was acting,’’ Danks said. “He ran halfway down the line and stopped and spiked his bat. I get it; he’s upset at himself. I threw him a 3-1 fastball he missed, and I threw him another heater. Like I said, he’s a good hitter. He’s had a great couple of years, but he isn’t that good to act like he needs to be hitting every ball out of the ballpark.

“That’s the way I feel. You know, I have pride — I really do. I have had a pretty crappy year at this point, but I have pride still. I’m not going to let him go out there and show me up like that.’’

Bautista said his baserunning “should not be [Danks’] concern anyways.”

“I was upset at missing a pitch, at myself,’’ Bautista said. ‘‘If he took it the wrong way, I’m sorry. I’m not here to make him feel good. It really doesn’t matter to me what he thought. What I’m not going to allow is when I’m running by him, him yelling at me again, so I yelled back at him.’’

Bautista was taken out of the game in the sixth inning.

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