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).

Carrabis: Do you trust Dombrowski to find relief help?

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Carrabis: Do you trust Dombrowski to find relief help?

Jared Carrabis joins Sports Tonight to discuss the news that Carson Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery, and whether he has faith that Dombrowski will be able to find bullpen help.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee is running for governor in Vermont

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Bill "Spaceman" Lee is running for governor in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A former Major League Baseball player is running for governor in Vermont as a member of the Liberty Union party, which bills itself as nonviolent and socialist.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee tells WCAX-TV voters will "need umbrellas" if he's elected, because "it's going to be raining dollars," referring to money trickling down from the wealthy.

Lee pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978. He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lee says he's a "pragmatic, conservative, forward thinker." He supports legalizing marijuana, a single-payer health care system and paid family leave.