Tempers flare between Sox and Rays

Tempers flare between Sox and Rays
May 30, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Benches clear after David Price hits Mike Carp. Both teams had already been issued warnings, but Price was not ejected.

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BOSTON - It didn't take long for last weekend's hostilities between the Red Sox and Rays to carry over.    

Benches cleared in the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz, as home plate umpire Dan Bellino quickly issued warnings to both benches.    

Red Sox manager John Farrell argued that the Sox shouldn't be warned since they had done nothing wrong and got himself ejected for his efforts.    

Three innings later, Price hit Mike Carp, and when acting manager Torey Lovullo argued that Price should be ejected because of the warning, he himself was ejected, leaving third base coach Brian Butterfield to serve as the acting manager.    

Butterfield didn't last for long, however, as Red Sox starter Brandon Workman threw behind the head of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, earning him a quick ejection from Bellino.    

Workman's ejection after the first-inning warning also carried an automatic ejection, making hitting coach Greg Colbrunn the Red Sox' fourth manager of the night.    

Last Sunday at Tropicana Field, tempers flared and dugouts emptied when the Sox jawed with shortstop Yunel Escobar after Escobar stole third with two outs in the seventh innings and the Rays leading by five runs.    

Prior to Friday's game, both Joe Maddon and John Farrell insisted that there would be no issues with the teams this weekend.    

That was proven false before the first inning was finished.