John Farrell Brushes Off Buck Showalter's Jab At Red Sox's Flu Handling

Beth Cruz
April 13, 2017

Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez connects for a two RBI, triple during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell seemingly has no interest in trading verbal jabs with Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter a week and a half into the season. Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 5 with an RBI of his own, while Christian Vazquez went a flawless 4 for 4 at the dish, falling a home run shy of the cycle with a double, a triple and a pair of singles in addition to his 2 RBI.

"Maybe a little bit more power than anticipated", Farrell said of Pomeranz, who returned after dealing with a left forearm problem in Florida. Wright allowed four runs and seven hits, striking out four and walking three over 6 2-3 innings Friday against the Tigers.

Dylan Bundy (1-1) gave up three runs in 6 1/3 innings, falling to 1-3 with a 6.86 ERA in his four career starts against Boston.

Instead, Chris Young reached and Vazquez followed with a single to load the bases. Pedroia then brought the final run home with an infield hit as Vazquez scored his second run in a 15-hit attack.


Adam Jones' one-out double in sixth was just the third hit for the Orioles and ended a run of 12 straight outs for Pomeranz, who preserved the shutout by getting Manny Machado on a pop out to first and Mark Trumbo's fly ball to right.

After that, Showalter said Tillman would have more minor league rehab starts with the Orioles' various affiliates, with the first week in May targeted as his return date.

Tillman started an extended spring training game Tuesday, lasting two innings and coming out of it with no discomfort.

A day after taking a subtle shot at the Red Sox with the way they have handled their recent flu outbreak, Orioles manager Buck Showalter inferred the media took his comments out of context. "I didn't know that", Showalter said. "No", he said. "That's ridiculous, but appreciate you trying to go down that road, that's typical". "I just want to make sure I am able to make all the same powerful moves I made before with no hesitation.". Xander Bogaerts (bereavement) and Hanley Ramirez (flu) should be back in the lineup. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, 2-6 with a 6.92 ERA lifetime against Boston, goes for the Orioles in Wednesday's series finale, facing RHP Steven Wright. He didn't pitch very well after the Red Sox got him from San Diego late last season - amid the cloud of uncertainty surrounding a balky elbow that even left his new team with the option of reversing the trade that sent prime pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza to the Padres.

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