Umpires tight-lipped over ejections

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Umpires tight-lipped over ejections

By Maureen Mullen and Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- After Saturdays 14-inning Red Sox win over the As at Fenway Park, umpiring crew chief Brian Gorman declined to discuss home-plate umpire Tony Randazzos ninth-inning ejections of Jason Varitek and Jonathan Papelbon.

We cant comment right now because the reports not written, Gorman said, when asked if he could provide some clarification on the ejections. So, we still got to write the report and any comment should be made after the report is filed with the league office in New York. Any ejection, we have to file a report to the league within the next two hours after the game.

Asked if there was any way an explanation could be given as to what Varitek and Papelbon were ejected for, Gorman replied:

Not until the report is written.

Varitek was ejected first, immediately after Oaklands fifthrun of the game crossed the plate. He admitted after the game that he wasarguing balls and strikes from a previous at-bat.

Actually you can't really do that and I lost my coolthere, said Varitek. Weve still got to maintain our poise out there and Ilost mine today.

It's hard to go into detail, but I just felt like therewere a few pitches with Papelbon that changed the course of that entireinning, added Varitek. I could've handled things a little different.

Conor Jackson tied the game in the next at-bat, and afterthat, Papelbon was ejected after comments he made about a called strike againstRyan Sweeney.

Papelbon liked the call, obviously, but said afterwards he was confused with the strike zone, and that his comments were directedtowards new catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, not Randazzo.

Randazzo walked out from behind home plate, and saidsomething to Papelbon, who then came off the mound, yelling at Randazzo whilewalking towards him. That forced Randazzo to eject Papelbon.

From my perspective, I had my back turned and then I turnedaround and Randazzos got his hands up, said Papelbon. I wasnt eventalking to him. I was talking to Salty. I said Salty, hey, come out here. Ineed to know where thats at. Because I felt like some of the pitches that Iwas not getting were strikes, and then I threw one that I felt like was a ball,and then he called it a strike.

Pap said he was talking to Salty, said manager Terry Francona. Thatswhat set him off. I thought Tony got a little aggressive there, and Pap, oncehe charges him . . . I cant get out there quick enough. I wish I could.

Asked if there would be an opportunity for some clarification Sunday, Gorman said Major League Baseballs executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre, who oversees disciplinary matters, wants the umpires to withhold comment.

We believe that Joe Torre wants us to reserve all comments, and questions should be directed to the league, Gorman said.

It was the first ejection of Papelbons career. For Varitek, it was his fifth ejection, and his first since May 28, 2009, in Minnesota.

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Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts had three hits and three RBIs, Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-6 on Tuesday night.

Rick Porcello (3-5) won for just the second time at home despite allowing 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four and allowed five runs, four earned.

Joey Gallo got his 14th homer for Texas, and Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Texas entered having won 11 of 12. The 11 runs allowed marked a season high.

Andrew Cashner (1-4) pitched five innings, allowing five runs, six hits and four walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches, one of them allowing Bogaerts to score from third and put Boston up 2-1 after three.

Dombrowski defends John Farrell after group strategy meeting on Monday

Dombrowski defends John Farrell after group strategy meeting on Monday

 

The Red Sox braintrust had a meeting on Monday's off-day to strategize with a 22-21 team that's underperforming and in third place.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told NESN's Tom Caron on the Sox pre-game show that he was part of a meeting with Farrell, assistant general managers Eddie Romero and Brian O'Halloran and vice president of baseball research and development Zack Scott.

"We sat down yesterday for over a couple hours," Dombrowski told Caron. "I [had] already talked to some of our scouts and just kind of [went] over our club to try to get it to fit together a little bit. Because some of those things, the injuries, and even the guys that are playing, like in Hanley [Ramirez's] case, it does affect what you’re trying to do. So normally at this time of year, I think you have a better pulse [of the team]. But I think we need a little bit more time. We just really haven’t flowed as a club. We haven’t played as well as I think we’re capable of and I think we need to give ourselves that opportunity."

Asked about Farrell's job security, Dombrowski defended a manager whose 2018 option was picked up over the winter.

"Well, we won a divisional crown last year," Dombrowski said. "He managed very well for us at the time. I think that John, as well as everybody else, is frustrated by our performance and that we haven’t taken off, but we’re not buried either. I mean, we’re four games out of first place and we really haven’t been in a flow. And when you look at it, it’s like, OK, last week Thursday we won two great games in St. Louis. I wasn’t with the team, I was in Salem. 

"Well I looked at the match-up on Thursday, and I’m thinking, well if [Sonny] Gray throws like he’s capable, I’m not sure what we’re going to get out of [Hector] Velazquez at that particular time. And of course, Velazquez didn’t have a very good outing. So you lose that ball game. Is that John’s fault? I can’t put that on John. 

"Friday night, you have Chris Sale, he threw the ball very well. Well the play that Trevor Plouffe made on Hanley Ramirez, I don’t know if he’s made a play like that all year long. Mookie Betts, in the ninth inning gets a line drive right at the third baseman. Well you have a chance to score five or six runs, didn’t happen. No excuses, but it’s one of those where I think to pin those things on John Farrell are just not fair. I think we’re in a position where he’s managed well, he’s managed divisional champions. I think we’re in a position, we have a good club. We just need to get in a better flow of things."

Dombrowski felt the Sox were harder to evaluate a quarter into the season than most teams would be.

"Because the reality is when you look at our ballclub, it really hasn’t been together at all at any point during the year for me," he said. "So I think when you look at it, you say OK, well, we need to improve our fourth and fifth starters. Well, David Price comes back next week — we think he’ll be back next week. So that’s a pretty big addition, that’s like making a major trade. 

"I still think Drew Pomeranz, although he has scuffled at times, should be a fourth-, fifth-type starter on a good club. … We need to straighten him out. I think he’s capable of doing that. When you talk about bullpen, our bullpen’s been good but I still think we’re going to get Carson Smith in a short time period, so that’s another addition that we have.

"Third base, you know has been a hole for us where Pablo Sandoval could be back very soon. I’m not sure where Brock Holt fits into that whole equation. So we’re really on our fifth third baseman right now when you look at it. Pablo is there, and then Brock Holt was there. Marco Hernandez is going to have surgery, we’re going to miss him for the rest of the year. Josh Rutledge has been over there."

Holt, out with vertigo, and the Red Sox are regrouping. Holt's exhausted the 20 days permitted for a minor league rehab stint, and is heading to Pittsburgh to meet concussion expert Micky Collins. Another rehab stint figures to follow eventually, barring a change in diagnosis.

Hernandez is to have surgery on his left shoulder Friday, which likely ends his season.

Hanley Ramirez can still be the DH, but his sore shoulders have relegated him to only that position, not first base. That's part of the reason Sam Travis was added to the roster Tuesday.

"There’s a couple reasons behind it," Dombrowski said of Travis' call-up.  "We’re in a position where we have a roster spot for a positional player. Secondly, we’ve talked about giving Mitch [Moreland] a little bit of a blow on his feet at times, to not play too many games. And we faced a left hand pitcher tomorrow [in the Rangers' Martin Perez]. He’s been hitting the ball well, Sam has. 

"We’re trying to sit [Moreland] a little bit vs. the left-handed pitching. Even though he’s done OK, we just don’t want him to get too tired as the year goes on. And the reality is, originally that was going to be Hanley [playing first base vs. lefties]. Well, Hanley’s not available to do that now, so we needed to make an adjustment ourself on how to do that. And with the extra roster spot, Pawtucket right down the road, we figure it’s a good chance to give him that opportunity. 

"In Hanley’s case, not playing first base, people don’t realize at times how much that changes the mix of your club. Because at some time, we are going to have Chris Young get at-bats and DH at that point."