Aceves sorry for Byrd beaning; Cubs retaliate


Aceves sorry for Byrd beaning; Cubs retaliate

By Sean McAdam

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."

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Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management


Rosenthal: 'Some' Sox players question Farrell's leadership, game management

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal ignited a local firestorm when he made a seemingly off-hand comment a few days ago that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the Red Sox fired John Farrell this year. (He quickly added he also "wouldn't be surprised" if Farrell stayed on and led the team to the A.L. East title this year, but that got scant mention.)

Today, however, Rosenthal expounded on Farrell and the Sox in a lengthy column on While acknowledging the team's injuries and beyond-the-manager's-control inconsistencies (in the starting rotation and with the offense), he also ominously added, "The excuses for the Sox, though, go only so far — all teams deal with injuries, and not all of them boast $200 million payrolls. Other issues also have emerged under Farrell . . . "

Farrell, even when he won the 2013 World Series as a rookie manager, was not popular in all corners of the clubhouse. Some players, but not all, believe that he does not stand up for them strongly enough to the media when the team is struggling, sources say. Some also question Farrell’s game management, talk that exists in virtually every clubhouse, some more than others.

And then he mentioned two leadership problems:

The first occurred during the Red Sox’s prolonged dispute with the Orioles’ Manny Machado. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, after Matt Barnes threw at Machado’s head, shouted across the field to Machado, 'it wasn’t me,' then told reporters that it was 'definitely a mishandled situation,' without mentioning Barnes or Farrell by name . . . 

The second incident occurred last Saturday, when Farrell engaged in a heated exchange with left-hander Drew Pomeranz in the dugout . . . [Pomeranz's] willingness to publicly challenge Farrell, in an exchange captured by television cameras, offered another indication that the manager and some of his players are not always on the same page.


Rosenthal's piece comes at a time when some of Farrell's harshest local critics are more or less giving him a pass, instead blaming Dave Dombrowski's flawed roster construction for the Sox' early season struggles , , , 

But there has been speculation hereabouts on whether or not Farrell has control of the clubhouse . . . 

Now that Rosenthal has weighed in, that sort of talk should increase.

In the end, Rosenthal makes no prediction on Farrell's future other than to conclude "If Dombrowski senses a change is necessary, he’ll make a change." 

But one prediction that can be made: The should-Farrell-be-fired? debate, which raged at unrealistic levels last year when the Red Sox won the division, isn't going to end anytime soon.