Rays manager Joe Maddon called the Red Sox coaches “weak” and “cowardly” after Friday’s plunking of Luke Scott, which sure looked intentional and led to both benches clearing. Bobby Valentine fired back Saturday, labelling Maddon and his crew “immature” and “out of control.”
With tensions running high, most assumed that Saturday’s home plate umpire Ed Rapuano would issue a pregame warning to both sides. But Rapuano apparently didn’t feel the need:
It’s not likely that the Rays and Red Sox — battling for victories in a wacky American League East — will engage in more drama Saturday night. But this isn’t the first time these two teams have expressed a dislike for each other. And Rapuano declined an opportunity to discourage the night’s pitchers from throwing inside.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.