Red Sox tempers flare in loss to Yankees


Red Sox tempers flare in loss to Yankees

BOSTON -- Frustration boiled over for the Red Sox in the late innings of their 5-4 loss to the Yankees Wednesday night.
In the seventh, manager Bobby Valentine went out to lift reliever Alfredo Aceves, who had given up a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson to stretch the Yankees' lead.
Aceves, who blew up when he wasn't tabbed to close a game by Valentine nearly three weeks ago and received a three-game suspension from the team for his behavior, handed the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia instead of Valentine.
Then, with infielders gathered on the mound, Aceves walked around the back of the mound, seemingly to avoid Valentine, as he headed to the home dugout.
"Who cares if he showed me up?'' asked Valentine. "If I have to explain Aceves's actions, I'll end up going across the river and work for Harvard.''
"Tonight was a bad night -- that's it,'' said Aceves.
Aceves denied it was his intent to embarrass Valentine.
"I'm good,'' he said. "Ask (Valentine) if he's good.''
In the bottom of the eighth, tempers really flared.
Cody Ross, batting with two outs and a runner on second, took a called third strike from home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. Ross erupted, was ejected almost immediately and had to be restrained by third base coach Jerry Royster --who was also ejected -- and Valentine.
"I didn't like the way that Cody got thrown out and called out on a pitch,'' said Valentine. "Cody was really upset. I was just doing everything I could do to keep Cody away from (Marquez). He should be upset. He was battling his butt off, representing the tying run and ends up getting called out.''
Valentine returned to the dugout and incurred the wrath of Marquez when he separated his hands a foot apart -- indicating how much the umpire had misjudged the pitch.
It was the sixth ejection of the season for Valentine, the most ever for a Red Sox player or manager in a single season.

Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy


Saturday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Young in LF, Hill at 3B vs. KC lefty Duffy

The Red Sox look to end their three-game losing streak tonight when the play the middle game of their three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park.

Against Royals' left-hander Danny Duffy (11-1, 2.66 ERA), the Red Sox start right-handed hitters Chris Young in left field and Aaron Hill at third base. Duffy has won his past 10 decisions and came into Saturday with the fifth-best ERA in the American League. He joined the rotation from the bullpen on June 1.

Left-hander David Price (12-8, 4.00) gets the start for the Red Sox. Price has won his past three decisions, going eight, six and eight innings and not allowing more than three runs in each start. 

The Royals won the series opener 6-3 Friday night.

The lineups:

Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Christian Colon 2B
Danny Duffy LHP

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Sandy Leon C
Chris Young LF
Aaron Hill 3B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
David Price LHP

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night


Quotes, notes and stars: Betts has first career five-hit night

BOSTON - Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals


"We continually do a great job in creating opportunities and I'm confident that (the struggles with men in scoring position) will turn.'' - John Farrell

"When you start off with a five-run spot in the first, that's a tough deficit to overcome.'' - Steven Wright.

"That's how it goes sometimes. Sometimes, we score when we're not expecting to and then when we need to score, sometimes it doesn't happen.'' - Mookie Betts on the team going 4-for-15 with RISP.



* The loss was just the third in the last 13 series openers for the Red Sox.

* The game marked the first time in 20 home games in which the Sox never led.

* Boston was 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

* The first four hitters in the order were 13-for-19 (.684). The fifth-through-nine hitters, however, were just 2-for-21 (.095).

* Mookie Betts (five hits) leads the majors with 55 multi-hit games.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

* David Ortiz's double was the 625th of his career, passing Hank Aaron to move into 10 place in MLB history.

* Ortiz leads the A.L. in doubles (41) and extra-base hits (72).



1) Eric Hosmer

Hosmer cranked a three-run homer into the Monster Seats four batters into the game, and the Royals were off and running with a five-run inning.

2) Ian Kennedy

The Royals starter wasn't dominant, allowing nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, but he bailed himself out of a number of jams and limited the Sox to just two runs.

3) Mookie Betts

Betts had his first career five-hit night and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs, though he also got himself picked off first base.