Red Sox notes: No word on possible suspension for Ross

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Red Sox notes: No word on possible suspension for Ross

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).

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.