BOSTON The Red Sox have already suspended Alfredo Aceves once this season for three games beginning Aug. 25 after the right-hander took off his shirt in the bullpen when he was not called to close a game the previous night and had a had a heated exchange with Bobby Valentine in the managers office after the game.After he was reinstated, Aceves interfered with a pop-up in foul territory on Sept. 1 in Oakland and got into an animated discussion with Dustin Pedroia.In the latest incident, in the seventh inning Wednesday, Valentine went to the mound to remove Aceves, who had given up a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson, extending the Yankees lead. Rather than hand the ball to the manager, as is customary, Aceves gave the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. As he left the mound, Aceves walked off the back avoiding eye contact with Valentine.It was a clear sign of insubordination and disrespect.But Thursday afternoon, Valentine said the Red Sox have no plans to punish Aceves.You always want people around who know the difference between right and wrong, Valentines said. And sometimes when people dont know the difference between right and wrong you can talk all day long to them and it doesnt matter. In Alfredos case, I think that he understands what hes doing.That means that you know you do something wrong, you understand that theres also consequence.No, Im not fining anyone. How do you collect money when you fine players these days? Thats another part of the system I dont know about either.While the right-hander served a vital role for the Red Sox last season, this season its been more of a mix. He has posted a record of 2-9 with 25 saves a 4.66 ERA along with eight blown saves, most in the American League, tied with Milwaukees John Axford for the major league lead.For most of the season, Valentine had been one of Aceves biggest supporters.I think I knew what I was dealing with from spring training, Valentine said. And you just try to manage every situation that you have to try to manage to the best of the organizations potential. Hes a good pitcher.Could Aceves role be reduced?We have a lot of pitchers, Valentine said. When we need him hell still pitch.
Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.
He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.
Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.
Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17.
With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games.
The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings.
The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.