Seby Zavala Weighs In on Benches Clearing After White Sox's Win Over Twins

Larry Rupp
Seby Zavala weighed in on the benches clearing after the Chicago White Sox's win over the Minnesota Twins.
Seby Zavala weighed in on the benches clearing after the Chicago White Sox's win over the Minnesota Twins. / AP Photos/Jim Mone

The Chicago White Sox started a crucial four-game divisional series against the Minnesota Twins with a 12-2 rout on Thursday night. It was a relatively uneventful night on the Twins side until the final out was recorded. That was when players from the dugout emptied to exchange words on the field.

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Catcher Seby Zavala found himself right in the middle of it all. Twins' outfielder Gilberto Celestino hit a tapper in front of the plate with 2 outs in the ninth inning and Zavala quickly picked it up and tagged him out. Celestino was upset because he thought it would've eventually rolled into foul territory.

Pitcher Jose Ruiz then backed up his catcher by getting into Celestino's face. In the end, nothing happened besides a bit of anticipation being built for Friday's contest. Zavala took a humorous approach in his postgame comments, saying everyone "just wanted to high five each other."

Zavala's perspective was mirrored during the incident as broadcasters pointed out that many players were smiling. It seemed to be an instant of Celestino's emotions boiling over. Zavala enjoyed a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and an additional run scored.

The White Sox will look to make it four wins in a row on when they send Michael Kopech (2-6, 3.35 ERA) to face off against Minnesota's Devin Smeltzer (4-2, 3.92 ERA) at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Twins are slated as -134 favorites on the moneyline in that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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