BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday he had received no word on a potential suspension for Cody Ross, who was ejected Wednesday night after being called out on strikes to end the eighth inning by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. Valentine and third-base coach Jerry Royster were also ejected during the incident.
I dont know how the system works so I would guess that . . . I would have any concerns after I know how the system works, Valentine said. It used to be that you'd have to touch someone or say something really bad and it seemed like a guy who was into the moment got excited. That used to be acceptable, but I dont know how the systems working these days.
Valentine didn't think Ross made contact with Marquez.
He didnt come close, I dont think, Valentine said. I dont think he came close. It had to have been before I got there, but . . .
I dont think he was going to touch him. He was going to get close, talk in private.
The ejection was Valentines sixth of the season, a new Red Sox high for a player, coach, or manager in one season. It was also the 43rd time in his managerial career he had been ejected,
I can tell you this year Ive done less in all six times than I ever did before, Valentine said. So its a different system.
The pitching matchups for the three-game series in Toronto are: Friday -- right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.20 ERA) vs. left-hander Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.43): Saturday -- right-hander Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.46) vs. right-hander Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.48); Sunday -- left-hander Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99) vs. right-hander Brandon Morrow (8-6, 3.16).