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Boston at Tampa Bay

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Boston (12-9) «2100011049150
Tampa Bay (13-8)002000000281

Red Sox 9, Rays 2

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - Long after they nearly came to blows, Sean Rodriguez still didn't like what Alfredo Aceves had to say.

The Red Sox right-hander hit the Rays' second baseman in the shoulder with a pitch in the fifth inning of Boston's 9-2 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Benches briefly cleared and Rodriguez had to be held back as the pair engaged in a shouting match.

"I said it was a split-finger, my bad," Aceves said. "I was not trying to hit him obviously. It was a 3-2 game, and you don't want anybody on base. I understand he was probably upset or frustrated because he got hit, and in the last at bat he got a homer."

Rodriguez hit a two-run shot in the third inning before coming up with one out and none on in the fifth. He wasn't buying Aceves' explanation.

"He says it got away from him. I don't know if I'd agree or disagree, but I was just kind of upset when he was still jawing when I got to first base," said Rodriguez, who had two of the Rays' eight hits. "He was very apologetic until I got to first. Then it was a little different.

"It's just another good reason for ... when we play Boston. I guess it just keeps things a little fired between us, which is cool," Rodriguez added.

Aceves gave up six hits and two runs in 4 1-3 innings.

Both managers downplayed the spat.

"I would be more concerned if it was a fastball, but it was a split that hit him in the back," said Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Lyle Overbay, Ronald Bermudez, Blake Swihart and Mauro Gomez drove in two runs each for the Red Sox, who had 15 hits.

Overbay had a two-run single off Hernandez in the first. Hernandez gave up six hits and struck out five in five innings.

The Rays managed only two hits off five Red Sox relievers.

Wil Myers, the 22-year-old outfielder acquired in the seven-player trade in December that sent James Shields to Kansas City, was among six players the Rays cut Saturday.

Myers, regarded as the Tampa Bay's top prospect, hit .286 in 35 spring at-bats. On Saturday, he had with a single and made a fine throw from right field that almost cut down Jose Iglesias on Ryan Lavarnway's seventh-inning sacrifice fly.

"It was something that I knew was going to come eventually and it wasn't a surprise at all. I'm looking forward to getting down there and getting some at-bats," Myers said. "Every player feels like they're big league ready. I feel like I am, but that's not up to me to decide. I just want to go down to the minor leagues and show them what I can do."

NOTES: Ben Zobrist, who played for Team USA in the World Classic, is expected to return to the Rays Sunday and might play in the game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. ... The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from Kansas City. The 29-year-old Venezuelan appeared in 23 games last season for the Colorado Rockies. He pitched in three games this spring for the Royals, and was 0-1 9.00 ERA in 5.0 innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

S. Rodriguez
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

L. Overbay
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, 2B4010002 .200
    Heiker Meneses, 2B1000011 .556
Jose Iglesias, SS4220011 .237
    Derrik Gibson, SS1110000 .667
Jackie Bradley, CF4110113 .457
Ryan Lavarnway, C3011002 .152
    Blake Swihart, C11120001.000
Lyle Overbay, 1B4112111 .233
Mauro Gomez, DH5022011 .176
Drew Sutton, 3B4110021 .250
    Ryan Dent, 3B1000001 .250
Juan Carlos Linares, LF4110011 .345
    Matty Johnson, LF0000000 .000
Ronald Bermudez, RF4132010 .800
Totals40915929  
Batting
2B - Brock Holt (3, R. Hernandez), Blake Swihart (1, De La Rosa), Mauro Gomez (2, Buschmann)
3B - Jose Iglesias (1, Wright)
SF - Ryan Lavarnway (1)
RBI - Ryan Lavarnway (4), Blake Swihart 2 (2), Lyle Overbay 2 (6), Mauro Gomez 2 (4), Ronald Bermudez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Blake Swihart 2 (2), Lyle Overbay 2 (5), Mauro Gomez 2 (3), Ronald Bermudez (2)
Team LOB - 7
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alfredo Aceves (W,2-0) 4.1622101 4.50
Andrew Miller (H,5) 0.2000010 3.18
Andrew Bailey (H,4) 1100010 4.50
Daniel Bard (H,4) 1000010 0.00
Christopher Martin (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Sean Henn 1100000 0.00
HBP - S. Rodriguez (by Alfredo Aceves)
Pitches-Strikes - Alfredo Aceves 23-18, Andrew Miller 4-4, Andrew Bailey 6-6, Daniel Bard 5-5, Christopher Martin 5-5, Sean Henn 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alfredo Aceves 5-7, Christopher Martin 2-0, Sean Henn 2-1
Batters Faced - Alfredo Aceves 20, Andrew Miller 2, Andrew Bailey 4, Daniel Bard 3, Christopher Martin 3, Sean Henn 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF3110000 .345
    Brandon Guyer, CF1000010 .294
Sean Rodriguez, 2B2122000 .200
    Stephen Vogt, C1000000 .269
Matt Joyce, RF3000012 .267
    Shelley Duncan, 1B1000010 .188
Luke Scott, DH4010001 .318
James Loney, 1B2000102 .258
    Mike Fontenot, 3B1000000 .226
Ryan Roberts, 3B3000001 .176
    Wil Myers, RF1010000 .286
Leslie Anderson, LF3030000 .425
    Jason Bourgeois, LF1000000 .318
Chris Gimenez, C3000011 .367
    Steven Tinoco, 2B1000001 .000
Cole Figueroa, SS3000002 .320
   a- Craig Albernaz, PH1000001 .000
Totals3428214  
a-flied out for Figueroa in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luke Scott (3, Aceves), Leslie Anderson 2 (4, Aceves, Bailey)
HR - Sean Rodriguez (3, Aceves)
RBI - Sean Rodriguez 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Figueroa-Tinoco-Duncan
E - Ryan Roberts (1, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez (L,0-1) 5632150 3.60
Jake McGee 1311010 6.75
Jamey Wright 1111000 5.14
Cesar Ramos 1100010 1.80
Dane De La Rosa 0.2344120 10.38
Matt Buschmann 0.1100000 8.10
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 36-31, Jake McGee 8-8, Jamey Wright 4-4, Cesar Ramos 5-5, Dane De La Rosa 13-9, Matt Buschmann 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 6-4, Jake McGee 2-0, Jamey Wright 1-2, Cesar Ramos 1-0
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 22, Jake McGee 6, Jamey Wright 4, Cesar Ramos 3, Dane De La Rosa 6, Matt Buschmann 2
Game Information
Attendance - 6814
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - David Soucy, Third Base - Will Little