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.

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”