Aceves back with Sox after suspension; Morales to DL


Aceves back with Sox after suspension; Morales to DL

ANAHEIM -- Reliever Alfredo Aceves rejoined the Red Sox Tuesday following a three-game suspension by the club for "conduct detrimental'' to the team.

Aceves was suspended Saturday night following a angry display in the bullpen when he wasn't used in a save situation. He later left Bobby Valentine's office after the game, slamming the door as he exited.

Because the suspension was still in place Monday, the Sox didn't allow Aceves to take the team charter Monday, forcing him to fly commerical to the West Coast.

Aceves met with Valentine Tuesday afternoon for about a half hour, then met with the coaching staff for 20 minutes.

"It's all over," said Valentine. "I'm excited about him possibly coming back and helping us win a game. I don't know that I have to explain conversations. He's moving forward, he's in uniform and hopefully he's going to help us win some games."

Aceves declined to answer questions about his suspension or whether he intended to file a grievance with the Players Association.

Asked if he expected to again assume the role of closer, Aceves said: "I wish I could know."

Valentine wouldn't commit to who would handle the ninth inning Tuesday night, noting only that it wouldn't be Andrew Bailey, who had pitched in four of the five previous games.

'He wants to pitch," said Valentine of Bailey. "He said he's fine. But Randy (Niemann) and I think it's a good day for him to have a day off."

To make room for the activation of Aceves, the Red Sox placed Franklin Morales on the disabled list with left shoulder weakness.

"It's a little weak," said Morales, who said he first felt something in his start last week against the Angels.

Morales plans to start throwing again Wednesday and should be able to return when his 15-day stint is up.

"I'm feeling better the last couple of days," said Morales.

Morales becomes the 27th Red Sox player to go on the DL this season, totaling 34 separate stints.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?