Red Sox tempers flare in loss to Yankees

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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.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

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.