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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- At the beginning of this three-game series, the Boston Red Sox lined up on opposite foul lines with the Los Angeles Angels in solidarity as the grieving home team observed a moment of silence in honor of rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart.
The mood in Sunday's finale was in sharp contrast. The teams who met in three of the last five AL Division Series put the good will aside after an angry reaction from Bobby Abreu to a pitch by Boston ace Josh Beckett that sailed over his head triggered a bench-clearing incident.
"I've never hit anybody in the head, and it's not really on my list of stuff to accomplish. But people can think what they want to think," Beckett said. "I know Bobby Abreu. He knows I'm not trying to hit him in the head. Obviously, there's been a lot of emotion in this series with them -- not only facing us, but obviously the tragedy that all of them went through."
The Angels won Friday's series opener, their first game after the 22-year-old Adenhart was killed early Thursday along with two friends when the car they were in was broadsided by a van driven by a suspected drunken driver.
Only hours before, Adenhart pitched six scoreless innings against Oakland.
In the first inning Sunday, Beckett was in the stretch position for what seemed like an eternity while getting the sign he wanted from catcher Jason Varitek. He came toward the plate with a fastball just as plate umpire Paul Schreiber jumped out to call time.
"He took too long delivering the ball, so Abreu called time -- which is normal," second base umpire and crew chief Joe West said. "Did he throw it up and in? Yeah. Do we believe he threw it at Abreu? No. Would we have warned him had both benches not emptied? Probably not. But because both benches emptied, we did issue a warning."
Abreu said something to Beckett and was held back by Schreiber, then both dugouts and bullpens emptied -- but no punches were thrown.
"It's just baseball. Stuff happens," Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis said. "It was just one of those things that got out of control, and some people just flipped their lid. But nothing happened, and that's how it usually turns out -- just guys yelling and screaming."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia ordered his players and coaches back to the dugout, but remained on the field discussing the situation with West before Beckett walked toward Scioscia and engaged in some heated words.
"Usually the pitcher will show a little bit of remorse and say that wasn't a part of it. But obviously, we didn't see any of that with Beckett," Scioscia said. "That was as blatant as anything I've seen in this game. What happened today absolutely crossed the line, and I think it was inexcusable. I really feel the league has to look at it."
The benches and bullpens spilled onto the diamond again while Scioscia jawed with Beckett. This time, there was some pushing and shoving. Angels center fielder Torii Hunter was ejected by West and had to be restrained by teammate Howie Kendrick. Hitting coach Mickey Hatcher and reliever Justin Speier also were ejected.
"I've got a gag order -- from Howie Kendrick," Hunter joked after reporters approached him. "I should have dealt with my actions a lot better. You saw me holding a lot of guys back. And then just some words that were said that were just outrageous, you know? And it wasn't from the Red Sox. And I just lost it."
When play resumed, Abreu grounded out and Beckett retired Guerrero.
Youkilis led off the Boston second, and the count was 1-2 when Scioscia yelled something from the dugout and was ejected by third base umpire Ed Rapuano. Scioscia came back on the field to argue with Rapuano and West, and after play resumed, Youkilis and J.D. Drew hit back-to-back home runs -- the first of the season for both of them.
Moseley (1-0) was charged with three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out three.
One of the runs against Moseley was unearned, the result of a throwing error to second base by catcher Mike Napoli on the back end of a double steal. Dustin Pedroia scored on the miscue, trimming Los Angeles' lead to 4-3, but Guerrero got that run back in the eighth with a towering drive to left field against reliever Hideki Okajima.
Angels setup man Scot Shields walked three batters in the eighth but escaped the jam when Mike Lowell fouled out to third and Varitek flied to center on the next pitch. Brian Fuentes got three outs for his second save, giving up an RBI single to David Ortiz before striking out Drew with runners at first and second.
Beckett (1-1) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, striking out five and walking two.
|Crew chief Joe West makes sure Torii Hunter is aware he is being thrown out of the game. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.208|
|a- Rocco Baldelli, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.167|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||2||1||1||0||1||.200|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||0||1||.522|
|J.D. Drew, RF||5||1||1||1||0||2||6||.125|
|Jason Bay, LF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.294|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||5||.174|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.278|
|Nick Green, SS||3||1||2||0||0||1||1||.667|
|a-struck out for Ellsbury in the 9th|
|2B - Jason Varitek (2, Arredondo)|
|HR - Kevin Youkilis (1, Moseley), J.D. Drew (1, Moseley)|
|RBI - David Ortiz (2), Kevin Youkilis (3), J.D. Drew (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (1)|
|SB - Dustin Pedroia (2, off Moseley/Napoli), Kevin Youkilis (1, 3rd base off Moseley/Napoli)|
|CS - David Ortiz (1, 2nd base by Moseley/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Bay 1|
|DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Josh Beckett (L,1-1)||6||8||4||4||2||5||0||3.46|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 103-61, Manny Delcarmen 17-10, Javier Lopez 5-2, Hideki Okajima 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 7-4, Manny Delcarmen 1-0, Javier Lopez 1-0, Hideki Okajima 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Manny Delcarmen 3, Javier Lopez 1, Hideki Okajima 4|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||2||1||1||0||2||1||1||.263|
|Howie Kendrick, 2B||4||1||3||2||0||0||1||.296|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||0||1||2||0||1||2||.292|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.292|
|Torii Hunter, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Gary Matthews Jr., CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.167|
|Kendry Morales, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.444|
|Juan Rivera, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.211|
|Maicer Izturis, SS||3||2||2||0||0||0||0||.286|
|3B - Howie Kendrick (1, Delcarmen)|
|HR - Vladimir Guerrero (1, Okajima)|
|RBI - Howie Kendrick 2 (6), Bobby Abreu 2 (6), Vladimir Guerrero (2)|
|SB - Chone Figgins (5, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)|
|CS - Chone Figgins (1, 2nd base by Delcarmen/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Izturis-Kendrick-Morales, Figgins-Kendrick-Morales|
|E - Maicer Izturis (1, Throwing), Mike Napoli (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Dustin Moseley (W,1-0)||5.2||6||3||2||2||3||2||3.86|
|Jose Arredondo (H,4)||1.1||1||0||0||1||2||0||6.00|
|Scot Shields (H,3)||1||0||0||0||3||0||0||2.08|
|Brian Fuentes (S,2)||1||2||1||1||0||2||0||12.00|
|IBB - Bay by Dustin Moseley|
|HBP - Green (by Brian Fuentes)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Moseley 98-59, Jose Arredondo 23-13, Scot Shields 22-8, Brian Fuentes 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Moseley 7-6, Jose Arredondo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Dustin Moseley 24, Jose Arredondo 5, Scot Shields 6, Brian Fuentes 6|
|Attendance - 38076|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|