"It's unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain't going stop me, myself and the Orioles," he told reporters before Monday night's game in Arizona. "We have games to win. It's mid-August. I've got a bigger concern in my head than someone's ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?"
Jones, who is black, homered in the top of the ninth and had four runs batted in in the Orioles' 10-2 win over the Giants on Sunday. He didn't say anything about the incident after the game, but posted a tweet with an expletive that a fan had thrown a banana onto the field during the ninth inning.
A Giants fan told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday that he threw the banana, but said it was out of anger at the Giants and not racially motivated. The Giants told the newspaper they were not able to verify the fan's claim.
The Giants issued an apology to Jones and the Orioles.
The Cincinnati Reds reinstated outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the 60-day disabled list before their game Monday against the Chicago Cubs. Ludwick had been out since opening day when he tore cartilage in his right shoulder during a head-first slide into third base against the Angels. He had shoulder surgery and couldn't swing a bat for three months. ... The Arizona Diamondbacks placed outfielder Cody Ross on the 15-day disabled list with a dislocated right hip suffered Sunday in a game against the New York Mets. ... The Pittsburgh Pirates will call up outfielder Andrew Lambo on Tuesday, hoping the outfielder can give the team's beleaguered bench a boost heading into a pivotal series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Lambo, 25, hit a combined .284 with 31 home runs and 97 RBIs in 117 games between double-A Altoona (Pa.) and triple-A Indianapolis this season.