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Moyer fires back at Phils

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer lashed out at team management, saying he felt “misled” by the club and “disheartened” by its decision to demote him to the bullpen.

Moyer was dropped from the rotation to make room for Pedro Martinez, set to return to the majors today against the Chicago Cubs.

Known for his steady demeanor, the 46-year-old former Seattle Mariners pitcher chose an unusual way to make his statement: He sat in the stands behind the Phillies’ first-base dugout at Wrigley Field and addressed the media.

“I feel a little disheartened,” the 22-year veteran said. “I feel a little bit like I’ve been misled. I feel like I’ve played this game long enough that the respect factor should be there.”

Moyer leads the NL East-leading Phillies in wins and losses with a 10-9 record. His 5.47 ERA is among the highest in the majors.

Moyer went 16-7 last year and helped the Phillies win the World Series, then signed a $13 million, two-year contract in the offseason. He said that Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. assured him he would not be sent to the bullpen.

Brawl in Beantown

Boston’s Kevin Youkilis charged the mound after being hit with a pitch, throwing his helmet at Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello and tackling him before the benches and bullpens poured onto the field Tuesday night in Boston.

Order was restored minutes later without any punches thrown, but Youkilis and Porcello were ejected in the second inning. Porcello turned back to scream at the umpire as he left the field.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was ejected later in the inning for arguing a call at second base.

The hostilities had been brewing since Monday night, when Miguel Cabrera was hit in the top of the fourth and Youkilis was plunked in the bottom half; Detroit’s Brandon Inge was hit in the eighth.

On Tuesday, Cabrera was hit in the left hand in the top of the first by Junichi Tazawa; when Porcello threw a pitch inside to Boston first baseman Victor Martinez in the bottom, he took a few menacing steps toward the mound before returning to the batter’s box.

Youkilis led off the second inning and was hit in the back with the first pitch. He dropped his bat and ran toward Porcello, missing the pitcher with his batting helmet before wrapping him up and wrestling him to the ground.

Players ran out of the dugouts and trickled in from the bullpens, but they mostly milled around as the umpires sorted things out. Youkilis headed straight to the dugout and, after a discussion, Porcello was tossed.

Short hops

Reliever Scott Schoeneweis has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks because of depression, less than three months after his wife, Gabrielle, was found dead at their Phoenix-area home. … The Cincinnati Reds put newly acquired third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list after his concussion-related symptoms from being hit in the head with a pitch on Aug. 2 did not lessen. … Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez received a cortisone shot in his injured left shoulder and hoped to be back in the lineup by Friday at the latest. … St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. … Right-hander Jose Veras and infielder Josh Barfield were sent outright to Triple-A Columbus by the Cleveland Indians. The Indians also shut down pitcher Jake Westbrook (Tommy John surgery, 2008) for six weeks. … Right-hander Justin Speier has been unconditionally released by the Los Angeles Angels, four days after the struggling reliever gave up three homers in one inning.

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