Sox, Rays trying to move past skirmish

Sox, Rays trying to move past skirmish
June 11, 2013, 6:30 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Bad blood continued between the teams Tuesday. On Monday night, Joe Maddon expressed disappointment that John Lackey hit Matt Joyce in the sixth inning, believing the pitch was intentional.
     
Maddon coached Lackey in Anaheim and the two have been close. But Maddon found it hard to defend Lackey's actions and said while Lackey has always been a good teammate that the pitcher was "really inappropriate."
     
Asked if he would talk to Maddon, Lackey said: "I don't think I need to seek him out, no. He knows being a good teammate is an important thing to me."
     
Speculation is that Lackey was upset that Joyce flipped the bat and hit Saltalamacchia while admiring a long (and ultimately foul) ball in the second inning Monday night.
     
"I'm not going to drag it on, guys," he said. "I'm not getting into it."
     
Further, Joyce remained angry at Lackey and said Saltalamacchia was "really aggressive" in pushing him away from going to the mound after Lackey hit him in the back.
     
John Farrell said he didn't expect anything to boil over Tuesday.
     
"I think it's just two teams that went at it in a very hard-played game last night," he said. "There's going to be emotions in any game. But I wouldn't suspect any carryover."