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Aceves sorry for Byrd beaning; Cubs retaliate

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Aceves sorry for Byrd beaning; Cubs retaliate

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- The beaning of Marlon Byrd by Alfredo Aceves on Saturday night -- which resulted in the Cubs outfielder being placed on the disabled list with multiple facial fractures -- continued to have legs Sunday.

Before the game, Aceves said he's attempted to contact Byrd to apologize and assure him the beaning was accidental.

And then during the game, the issue flared again when the Cubs -- who'd hit Kevin Youkilis in the buttocks Saturday night in retaliation, resulting in a warning to both clubs -- hit another Red Sox batter in the backside. This time it was Jed Lowrie, and he didn't take it as serenely as Youkilis, who complimented the man who hit him, Carlos Zambrano, for "doing it the right way" by throwing at his hip.

"I'm ticked off. I just got hit with a 97-mph fastball," Lowrie said. "I mean, I understand the situation, but I'm ticked off."

Byrd was the second batter hit by Aceves Saturday night, and the Cubs only hit one in return before warnings were issued. So they reopened hostilities Sunday night in the eighth inning with the Red Sox leading, 5-1.

Reliever Kerry Wood missed inside with his first pitch to Lowrie, then hit him with his second.

"After he missed the first one, I figured there's a good chance I'd get hit," Lowrie said.

"The other day they were upset, because they didn't like the warningwhen I got hit," added Youkilis. "They were saying two guys got hit to one. So I guessnow we're even until 100 years from now, when we play again."

Aceves, the man who started the whole thing, said he did it unintentionally.

"I'mconcerned about Byrd, of course,'' said Aceves, who's tried to reach Byrd several times but, as of yet, has been unsuccessful. "He's a major-leaguehitter. I was trying to call him and say I'm sorry and that I'mconcerned with his health.

"There was nothing youcan do about the hit-by-pitch. It was notintentional.''

Aceves said he once hit his brother,Jonathan, a catcher, in the head when they played against one anotherin the MexicanLeague.

Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena, who played for the Red Sox in 2006 and against them 18 times year as a member of the Rays from 2007-10, said he understood Byrd wasn't hit on purpose and that Aceves would be attempting to reach him.

"I know the Red Sox are a very professional bunch, so I know they're on it," said Pena. "All those guys getting to first base after Byrd was hit Saturday night, Youkilis, Lowrie, David Ortiz, from the dugout, they were all yelling at me, 'How's Marlon? How's Marlon?' . . . They were all concerned for his health."

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

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Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

CINCINNATI - Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took another step toward a second straight AL East title, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday.

Boston has won 13 of 16, holding off the Yankees as it tries to win back-to-back East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969. The Red Sox have their best record of the season at 90-64, reaching 90 wins for the second year in a row.

They remain four games in front of the Yankees, who beat Toronto 5-1.

Moreland was in an 0-for-19 slump when he connected off Robert Stephenson (5-6) in the sixth inning, his 20th homer of the season but only his second in September. The Red Sox are last in the AL with 160 homers.

Rodriguez (6-6) has given up two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts, the best stretch of his career. The left-hander gave up three singles and two walks in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing since May 21.

The Red Sox have shutout victories in three of their last four games, including two at Baltimore. They are 7-1 on a trip that ends Sunday. Boston wraps up the regular season at Fenway Park with three games against Toronto and four against Houston.

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who grew up in suburban Madeira and had hundreds of relatives and friends in the stands for the series, singled home a run in the seventh at the ballpark where he regularly attended games as a youth.

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

Mookie Betts, who fouled a ball off his left foot Friday night, and Dustin Pedroia, who has been bothered by a knee injury almost all season, were out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Chris Young started in right field for Betts and Brock Holt at second base for Pedroia.

Betts was scratched from the original lineup but was a late scratch. Pedroia, who had been getting intermittent days off to rest his knee was originally expected to play but needed treatement and hopes to be able to play Sunday, according to Scott Lauber of ESPN. 

Manager John Farrell told reporters, including Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, that Betts "was hindered by it last night in the second half of that game. [He] woke up a little bit more sore. Went through treatment. But felt it was best to give him a day to fully recover and get some additional treatment."

The manager added that Betts was available to pinch hit Saturday and did not have X-rays, but that step could be taken if there's no improvement in the next 24 hours.