ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Who knows if Wade Miley will be an ace, but Tuesday night he did what aces do.

Wade Miley

Wade Miley

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Who knows if Wade Miley will be an ace, but Tuesday night he did what aces do.

The Red Sox lefty went toe-to-toe with Tampa Bay’s best starter, Chris Archer, and came out on top, leading the visitors to a 1-0 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Miley, who was coming off a horrific 2 1/3-inning, seven-run outing, didn’t allow a single run in his 5 2/3 frames. The quick-working southpaw held the offensively-challenged Rays to three hits, striking out three and walking four.

His counterpart, Archer, was just as tough, limiting the Red Sox to a lone unearned run. The righty fanned nine in just 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits, putting his ERA at 1.07 for the young season.

The Red Sox only managed to put a dent in Archer’s line thanks to some aggressive baserunning by Mookie Betts in the third inning.

With one out and Betts at first with Ryan Hanigan 90 feet away at second, Dustin Pedroia grounded back to Archer for what looked like a sure-fire, inning-ending double play. But Betts slid hard into second baseman Ryan Brett, forcing the rookie’s to throw errantly to first for the game’s only run.

SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Miley. With the help of solid defense behind him, the lefty looked a whole lot more like the pitcher first time around the rotation than what the Red Sox got in his second start of the season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

John Farrell played his cards right at one of the game’s most important moments. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Sox manager chose to take Miley after 88 pitches, replacing him with Alexi Ogando. The Sox reliever came on and induced an inning-ending ground out to shortstop off the bat of Desmond Jennings, who came into the at-bat 0-for-7 against the righty. It was the first time this season Ogando hadn’t let his inherited runners score, having been unsuccessful in his only other chance (with a pair scoring).

– Filling in at shortstop, Brock Holt impressed once again. This time the jack-of-all-positions dove behind the second base bag on Rene Rivera’s grounder, sprung to his feet and got the baserunner at first to end the second inning. He added an even more spectacular play to finish off the seventh, diving into the third base hole to gather Asdrubal Cabrera’s grounder before firing a strike to first baseman Daniel Nava.

– The Red Sox seemingly got a break in the sixth inning when a 2-minute, 6-second challenge went their way when video evidence suggested it shouldn’t. With one out and Brandon Guyer at first, Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval chose to get the force play at second on Steven Souza Jr.’s slow grounder. While it appeared as though Guyer narrowly beat the throw, the umpires upheld the original out call.

– Miley managed his second pickoff of the season, ruining Brett’s night further with the successful throw to first in the third. Making it an even worse night for the rookie infielder was the fact he partially dislocated his shoulder on the play.

– The combination of Ogando, Robbie Ross Jr., Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara held Tampa Bay scoreless for the final 3 1/3 innings.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Holt were the only three members of the Red Sox lineup not to garner at least one hit. Ortiz did walk, while Holt added a sacrifice bunt in the ninth.

– The Red Sox failed to capitalize on a threat in the ninth when they got Shane Victorino to third with one out after the outfielder’s leadoff double and Holt’s bunt. But Ryan Hanigan struck out against reliever Jose Dominguez, who then got Betts to fly out to left field.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball Tuesday for allegedly making contact with John Tumpane. He is appealing the decision, although the designated hitter wasn’t definitively suggesting he was without fault.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball Tuesday for allegedly making contact with John Tumpane. He is appealing the decision, although the designated hitter wasn’t definitively suggesting he was without fault.

“I have to watch that video to see what point I touched him because I don’€™t remember, to be honest with you,” Ortiz said. “I don’€™t really remember. And I wasn’€™t even arguing with him. I was talking with the third base umpire. If it happened, I don’€™t know when it happened and I didn’€™t try that because trust me, I know. It might be one move that I made or whatever. But I don’€™t know.”

Throughout the hours leading into the Red Sox series opener with the Rays, Ortiz seemed content in letting the situation play out. The message the DH truly wanted to get across was in regards to his relationship with umpires in general.

Ortiz pointed out that in recent years he has made it a point not to confront umpires, with his previous ejection before Saturday’s exit coming July 27, 2013. He has been tossed three times since 2008, and 10 times in his career.

“I don’€™t want to argue with umpires,” he said. “I don’€™t think that’€™s what people come to see. They’€™re good guys. I don’€™t think anything they do is personal with anybody. I don’€™t see it that way at all. Things happen in the game in situations, your adrenaline is kicking in at 1000 miles per hour, you’€™re trying to win a ballgame and things happen. It happened in the game so what can you do about it.

“I get bad calls all the time, but I don’€™t bitch about it all the time. You can even ask the umpire. You know what I’€™ve been doing lately, and nobody even knows it? Whenever an umpire makes a bad call on me I go to my next at-bat and I let him know, ‘€˜That pitch you called that last about ‘€¦’€™ And he would be like, ‘€˜OK, I’€™m going to pay attention to it. I’€™m going to watch it.’€™ That’€™s it. That’€™s it.”

Ortiz offers the example of this past weekend to support his case. Even with the designated hitter’s frustrations with umpire Jerry Meals — first as Friday’s home plate umpire, then from third base where the umpired ruled that Ortiz swung — he noted that the two had civil conversations throughout Sunday’s tilt.

“Even that guy that I was arguing with, yesterday we met up at second base and we talked to each other fine. Everything was cool. That’€™s it,” Ortiz said. “It’€™s not like people want to make a scene like this is some personal stuff. No. You’€™re involved in a baseball game where you’€™re trying to win. You see an umpire miss a call, your adrenaline gets in the way.”

The DH added, “I don’€™t like arguing with umpires in general. I hate it. I hate it more than what people think I do. I have a good relationship with them. I have no complaints with umpires. But like I say, it’€™s a game that we play, you’€™re trying to win and whenever you feel like something is wrong you’€™re going to have to say something about it and then you move on.”

Ortiz also touched on a byproduct of the weekend’s events — comments on Twitter from Baltimore television analyst Jim Palmer who suggested the DH was being selfish in getting tossed.

The Sox slugger implored such observers to take better stock of the situations.

“All these people who criticize and talk all the trash they want, they need to stay away from that,” Ortiz noted. “That’€™s in between players and umpires. It’€™s in the moment thing. I don’€™t think going into a game thinking about what he did the day before. I most of the time talk to the umpire that we disagreed on something the day before and we move on. It’€™s just part of the game.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday afternoon David Ortiz has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Orioles.

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday afternoon David Ortiz has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Orioles.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Xander Bogaerts, who has gone three straight games without a hit, will start Tuesday night’s game at Tropicana Field on the bench, with Brock Holt getting the nod at shortstop.

Brock Holt

Brock Holt

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Xander Bogaerts, who has gone three straight games without a hit, will start Tuesday night’s game at Tropicana Field on the bench, with Brock Holt getting the nod at shortstop.

Holt, who comes into the game hitting .462, will hit eighth against Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer.

Also getting the start is Daniel Nava, who slots in at first base for Mike Napoli. Napoli is 1-for-12 against Archer, while Nava comes in hitting .556 (5-for9) with four walks against the righty.

Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup with Wade Miley on the mound for the visitors:

Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez LF
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Daniel Nava 1B
Shane Victorino RF
Brock Holt SS
Ryan Hanigan C

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday afternoon David Ortiz has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Orioles.

Ortiz was ejected for arguing balls and strikes as he disagreed with third base umpire Jerry Meals, who said he went around on a check swing. The designated hitter dropped his bat in the middle of the at-bat, and after a short argument with Meals was ejected by Tumpane with Ortiz apparently making contact with him.

There was also a disagreement in the first inning between Ortiz and Meals on another check swing.

Ortiz has filed an appeal, so he will be in the lineup Tuesday in Tampa.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and Orioles analyst Jim Palmer joined Middays with MFB Tuesday to discuss his tweets from over the weekend about David Ortiz and him being ejected from Sunday’s game for arguing balls and strikes a