The Red Sox have a new manager, and it's the man they wanted all along.
John Farrell, the team's pitching coach under Terry Francona from 2007-10 and the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for the last two years, has been signed to a multiyear contract. There is no immediate word on what compensation will be sent to Toronto in exchange for the Blue Jays releasing Farrell from the final year of his contract with them.
The Red Sox had interviewed four other candidates for the vacancy - Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach; San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus; New York Yankees bench coach Tony Pena; and Baltimore Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale.
The Sox were said to be impressed with all four candidates, but none of the four met with ownership while in Boston for their first-round interviews and it was clear that none of the four interviewed candidates was the primary target.
More to come . . .
A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.
Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.
The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.
Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.
The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.
As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.
“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.
“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"
Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.