|Red Sox, Braves in rain delay with teams tied||05.26.14 at 3:49 pm ET|
ATLANTA — The series opener between the Red Sox and Braves was interrupted by a rain delay, with the umpires calling for the tarp before the Sox could take the field for the home half of the sixth inning.
The teams were tied, 6-6, at the time of the delay, with David Ortiz having knotted things up with a three-run homer in the fifth inning. The Sox had fought back from a five-run deficit thanks to the five-run fifth, with Dustin Pedroia coming through with a two-run, two-out single.
|Jonny Gomes on bench-clearer: ‘I figured a hands-on approach was a little more appropriate’||05.25.14 at 10:52 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The fallout from the bench-clearing incident between the Red Sox and Rays was somewhat predictable.
Both sides were unapologetic.
What happened in the seventh inning of an 8-5 Red Sox loss to the Rays was this: Tampa Bay’s Yunel Escobar stole third (later ruled defensive indifference) with two outs and the hosts leading by five runs. He then started hearing it from the nearby Red Sox dugout.
After a few back-and-forths, Escobar left the bag and started walking toward the Sox side, resulting in both benches clearing.
The most notable physical contact came when Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes raced in from his position and pushed Escobar in the face. Gomes, Escobar and Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez were ejected.
Here are what some of the particulars had to say.
– “[Escobar] was yelling at our dugout a whole lot and then kind of kept yelling and then kind of took his helmet off and continued to yell. I don’t know. I don’t have much patience, nor do I have much time right now to be in an arguing match. That’s why it happened.”
– “He can have the bag if he wants the bag. I’m not concerned about the bag at all. I don’t think it is a stolen base. Scorer’s discretion. I wouldn’t have done it, but I don’t have a problem with him taking the bag. He can take the bag all he wants, but yell in my dugout and point in my dugout and take your helmet off and basically challenge our whole dugout, I’ll have a problem with that.”
|Closing Time: Tempers flare, benches clear, Red Sox lose 10th straight||05.25.14 at 5:08 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — This was like adding insult to injury … to insult.
Less than five minutes after former Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett tossed his first career no-hitter — blanking the Phillies in Philadelphia — the Rays broke open their game with the Red Sox via a pinch-hit, three-run home run from Sean Rodriguez.
The blast, coming off reliever Craig Breslow, broke a 3-3 tie and went a long way to help hand the Red Sox their longest losing streak since 1994 (10 games). The end result this time was an 8-5 Sox loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
Breslow would surrender five runs while recording just two outs before being replaced by Edward Mujica.
And then things really got interesting.
With two outs in the seventh, Yunel Escobar stole third without a throw (later ruled defensive indifference). Escobar then started exchanging words with Red Sox catcher David Ross and other members of the Sox, who could be seen yelling from the dugout after taking exception that the Rays would be stealing with a five-run lead.
After Escobar made a move toward the dugout, the benches cleared, with Jonny Gomes running in from left field and pushing Escobar. Escobar and Gomes were ejected, along with Rodriguez.
Earlier in the seventh, the Red Sox actually had uncovered some optimism.
John Farrell‘s club received got some timely hitting when Gomes launched his eighth career pinch-hit home run, tying the game at 3 with one out in the seventh and A.J. Pierzynski standing at second base. Gomes was pinch-hitting for Jackie Bradley.
Earlier on the mound, Brandon Workman turned in a solid outing in his first start of the season, allowing three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked three while fanning three, throwing 88 pitches. The righty had not allowed a hit through his first three innings.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE RED SOX
– The first hit Workman surrendered came on his first pitch of the fourth inning, an opposite-field, solo home run by Evan Longoria. The three-inning no-hitter brought back memories of Workman’s first start in 2013, when he took a no-no into the seventh against Oakland.
– The Rays took the lead later in the fourth when they capitalized on a perfectly executed hit-and-run, moving Wil Myers to third after a ground-ball single to right from Brandon Guyer. A two-out Logan Forsythe RBI single between shortstop and third base then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead.
|Jonny Gomes, Yunel Escobar, Sean Rodriguez ejected after Red Sox, Rays clear benches||05.25.14 at 4:46 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox and Rays were at it again Sunday afternoon.
The two teams cleared their benches once again, this time as a result of a Yunel Escobar steal of third with two outs in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay carrying an 8-3 lead. (The play was ruled defensive indifference.)
Escobar could be seen shouting at the Red Sox dugout, where members of the visiting team had been voicing their displeasure of the stolen base. Escobar left third and made a move toward the dugout, at which time both benches cleared.
Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes raced in and shoved Escobar in the face, leading to his ejection.
The most heated on the Tampa Bay side appeared to be Jose Molina, Grant Balfour and Sean Rodriguez. Rodriguez was thrown out of the game, along with Escobar.
The last time the two teams ran into such a confrontation came in 2012 at Fenway Park.
|Josh Beckett pitches first career no-hitter in Dodgers’ win over Phillies||05.25.14 at 4:19 pm ET|
Beckett struck out five and walked three, throwing 128 pitches. The righty completed the outing by getting Chase Utley to strike out looking.
Beckett also owns a one-hitter, coming when the then-Sox hurler held the Rays to a single infield hit the night the Bruins won the Stanley Cup, June 15, 2011.
|Red Sox notes: Mike Napoli heads to disabled list; Xander Bogaerts cleared for action||05.25.14 at 12:49 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox have placed Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 24) with what the team is classifying as a sprained finger. The injury is a result of Napoli‘s dislocated finger, suffered April 15 in Chicago.
The move allows the Red Sox to keep reliever Alex Wilson on the roster while activating Brandon Workman for his Sunday start.
There was some thought to clearing room for Workman by sending Jonathan Herrera to Triple-A (he still has options), but with the uncertainty regarding Xander Bogaerts’ hamstring the move to DL Napoli became the most logical option.
Bogaerts, who left Saturday’s game in the 11th inning with a right hamstring cramp, was back in the Red Sox‘ lineup Sunday.
Here is the Red Sox‘ lineup against Rays’ righty Jake Odorizzi:
Brock Holt 3B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mike Carp 1B
Daniel Nava RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Jackie Bradley CF
Brandon Workman P
With Napoli out, Carp figures to get the majority of the playing time at first base, although Farrell said that David Ortiz will start at least one of the two games in Atlanta at the position.
|Cubs sign Manny Ramirez to serve as player-coach for Triple-A Iowa||05.25.14 at 12:37 pm ET|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In a move that surely resulted in a few double-takes, the Cubs announced Sunday that former Red Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has been hired to serve as a player-coach for their Triple-A team in Iowa.
Here is the statement from team president Theo Epstein:
“We are excited to welcome Manny to the Cubs organization and look forward to him working with our young hitters. Manny is not only one of the best hitters of all time, he is also a dedicated student of hitting and has proven to be a gifted teacher with younger teammates who have worked with him in the batting cage. Behind the scenes, he has always been a tireless worker who is very serious about the craft of hitting. Manny has made real mistakes in the past, but he has owned up to them and moved his life in a positive direction the last couple of years. He is in a really great place right now and wants to share the lessons he’s learned along the way. We think he deserves another chance and that our young hitters will benefit from it.
“While Manny is not and will not be a fit on the Cubs’ Major League roster, we do think at this stage of his life he’s a nice fit as a mentor for some of the young, talented hitters we have in the organization. Manny will coach full-time and play part-time in a limited role that does not take at-bats away from our prospects. If he shows there is still some magic in his bat, perhaps he will find his way to the Major Leagues and help another team, but that is not why he is here. We are thrilled that he wants to work with our young hitters and make a difference.”
Ramirez will report to the Cubs’ spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz. for at-bats in extended spring training before reporting to Iowa.
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