Rays Roundup: Maddon Furious About HBP

In today's edition of Rays Roundup: Joe Maddon is furious about Luke Scott getting hit-by-pitch in ninth inning of Friday's game against the Red Sox, Matt Joyce hits his second grand slam in a week, outfielder Brandon Guyer needs season-ending shoulder surgery and Hideki Matsui is inching closer to a promotion to the big club from Durham. All of that and more inside.

INSIDE PITCH

Maddon furious about ninth-inning hit-by-pitch

Manager Joe Maddon made it very clear he did not like the Red Sox throwing at and hitting Luke Scott in the ninth inning Friday during the Rays' 7-4 win.

Maddon called it incompetent and "a weak, cowardly effort" that could have repercussions: "It's the kind of behavior that gets people hurt on your own side by choosing to do something so ridiculous."

The Rays were batting with two outs and no one on in the ninth when Franklin Morales first threw behind and then at Scott, the Rays' designated hitter. Scott didn't like it, and suddenly both benches and bullpens emptied.

There was the usual pushing and shoving, and a few heated exchanges, such as between Red Sox pitching coach Bob McClure and Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, but no major blows thrown or players ejected.

Though Maddon never came out and accused Boston manager Bobby Valentine or pitching coach Bob McClure, he said: "I'm kind of curious regarding who put out the hit because I know it wasn't one of their players."


NOTES, QUOTES

Joyce hits his second slam in a week

--OF Matt Joyce's grand slam was the fourth of his career and his second in a week, the other last Saturday off Atlanta's Randall Delgado. The only Ray to hit slams closer together was Aubrey Huff, who did it twice in five days, July 22 and 26, 2005.

--OF Brandon Guyer will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Guyer had been sidelined with a left shoulder strain since May 13, and subsequent tests revealed the tear. "When it happened, we just didn't know," manager Joe Maddon said. "It was one of those things you talked to him about it, and it was never a strong feeling one way or the other, let's get more opinions, and then finally it's gotten to this point."

--OF Desmond Jennings is making progress in his recovery from a left knee sprain, but he likely won't rejoin the Rays until the end of next week, manager Joe Maddon said. The Rays plan for Jennings to increase baseball activity, then go on a short rehab assignment midweek before returning to the majors.

--OF/DH Hideki Matsui is getting closer to a promotion from Class AAA Durham, but manager Joe Maddon said the "general consensus" of the Rays staff was that he was "just not quite ready yet, but he's getting real close." Matsui, after going 3-for-4 Friday, has hit only .189 (7-for-37) in his first 10 games for Durham, but Maddon said the batting average is not a concern compared to how he is feeling at the plate.

--LHP David Price starts Saturday in Fenway Park, where he lasted only three innings April 13. However, Price has expanded his repertoire to include more breaking balls now and feels he is overall a better pitcher. "I feel good where I am right now on the mound," he said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Grand slams by the Rays this season, tops in the majors.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Truly watch the video -- the people that were incensed obviously they're the ones that were probably behind the effort, the really weak, cowardly effort on their part. Did I say that strongly enough? Did I make my point?" -- Rays manager Joe Maddon, reacting to the ninth-inning bench-clearing incident after Red Sox LHP Franklin Morales hit Rays DH Luke Scott with a pitch.


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