Red Sox notes: No word on possible suspension for Ross

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Red Sox notes: No word on possible suspension for Ross

BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday he had received no word on a potential suspension for Cody Ross, who was ejected Wednesday night after being called out on strikes to end the eighth inning by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. Valentine and third-base coach Jerry Royster were also ejected during the incident.

I dont know how the system works so I would guess that . . . I would have any concerns after I know how the system works, Valentine said. It used to be that you'd have to touch someone or say something really bad and it seemed like a guy who was into the moment got excited. That used to be acceptable, but I dont know how the systems working these days.

Valentine didn't think Ross made contact with Marquez.

He didnt come close, I dont think, Valentine said. I dont think he came close. It had to have been before I got there, but . . .

I dont think he was going to touch him. He was going to get close, talk in private.

The ejection was Valentines sixth of the season, a new Red Sox high for a player, coach, or manager in one season. It was also the 43rd time in his managerial career he had been ejected,

I can tell you this year Ive done less in all six times than I ever did before, Valentine said. So its a different system.

The pitching matchups for the three-game series in Toronto are: Friday -- right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.20 ERA) vs. left-hander Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.43): Saturday -- right-hander Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.46) vs. right-hander Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.48); Sunday -- left-hander Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99) vs. right-hander Brandon Morrow (8-6, 3.16).

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

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Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.