New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi accused Boston’s Brad Penny of deliberately hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch.
Rodriguez was hit in the back during the first inning Thursday night at Fenway Park, prompting umpires to warn both teams. The Red Sox went on to win, 4-3, and improved to 8-0 against the Yankees this season.
In the sixth inning Tuesday, Yankees reliever Jose Veras hit Boston’s Jason Bay with a pitch.
“Penny’s control was pretty good, and I thought it was on purpose,” Girardi said Friday. “You know, that’s all part of baseball, I guess. You know, we hit Bay, and I know Jose did not hit him on purpose. I mean, Jose has struggled with his control. But things like that happen.”
Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira, who talked to Boston before signing with the Yankees during the offseason, dismissed a Twitter post by Red Sox owner John Henry.
Just after the Red Sox’s victory Thursday, Henry wrote on Twitter: “The MT curse?”
“I laughed. It’s just silly. It really is,” Teixeira said Friday. “They can say whatever they want. but there’s no reason for me to, you know, get into any war of words with a 70-some-year-old man. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Henry, who turns 60 in September, said Friday the posting was “purely entertainment.”
Papelbon fined for slow play
Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been fined by major league baseball for slow play.
Papelbon said he was taking too long to make his first pitch upon entering the game from the bullpen. Papelbon said he had been warned about breaking the rule.
The Daily Item in Lynn, Mass., first reported the fine of $1,000. The newspaper said that Papelbon was the first player fined this season for breaking the rule designed to speed up games.
Around the horn
Detroit placed right-hander Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list. … Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was out of the starting lineup against Milwaukee because of his nagging thumb injury. … Philadelphia placed reliever Scott Eyre on the 15-day DL. … The New York Mets placed right-hander John Maine on the 15-day DL with shoulder weakness. … Minnesota activated infielder Nick Punto from the DL and optioned infielder Alexi Casilla to Triple-A Rochester. … Cleveland pitcher Anthony Reyes is expected to miss 12 to 18 months after having surgery on his right elbow. … Pittsburgh agreed to terms with the fourth overall draft pick, Boston College catcher Tony Sanchez, who will receive a signing bonus of $2.5 million.