OAKLAND -- Joe Torre had a lot to say about David Ortiz Friday. The reverse could not be said.
Torre publicly called out Ortiz for his gestures and post-game comments toward official scorers last Wednesday. Ortiz was upset that he wasn't given credit for a hit when a ball he hit went off Minnesota Twins' first baseman Joe Mauer's glove.
Ortiz angrily gestured toward the press box, displayed a "thumbs down'' sign toward the scoring call and after the game, maintained that scorers should side with players from the home team.
In a move without precedent, Torre upbraided Ortiz in a press release, saying that "even when there are inevitable disagreements, we expect everybody to act professionally and respect the game and the integrity of the scorers.''
He also took issue with Ortiz's contention that home players should get the benefit of the doubt, noting that "we want their best judgment, based on the rules.''
Asked about Torre's statement, Ortiz offered that he had no comment and didn't take further questions on the matter.
"Anytime there's a discrepancy, a dispute or a differing opinion,'' said John Farrell, "there's a process that the play can be forwarded for further review. That's what we'll do with David' ball that glanced off Mauer's glove the other day.''
Farrell said he didn't plan to speak to Ortiz further on the matter.
"We've already had a chance to talk after that took place,'' Farrell said. "It was a chance or a time when some frustration emerged. The review process will have a chance to take a look at it.''