Tigers' Victor Martinez has 'no respect' for Pirates

Baseball A new rivalry appears to be brewing in baseball.The Pirates pulled off a win in Detroit Tuesday night in a back-and-forth battle that spanned 14 innings over five and a half hours. But Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez didn't go quietly following his team's 5-4 loss and had some strong words for the Pirates and their ace Gerrit Cole. MORE: The worst everyday players in baseball"I mean, I have no respect for no one on tha

t team, including Cole and their coaching staff," Martinez said, via MLive.com. It all began when Tigers starter Justin Verlander hit Pirates outfielder Starling Marte with a pitch on a 1-2 count in the top of the fourth. Cole then struck Martinez on the backside with a 95-mph fastball on the first pitch of his at-bat. But unlike Cole, Martinez assured Verlander didn't intentionally hit Marte."If they think that Verlander hit Marte with a 1-2 count — he was battling that at-bat," Martinez said. "If they really think we did it on purpose, they're playing the wrong sport. Nothing else to say."The following inning, Verlander struck first baseman Pedro Alvarez with his first pitch. Umpire Chris Segal issued warnings to both benches and the game resumed without further incident.