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June 12, 2013

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Maddon rips Lackey

The Tampa Bay Rays took exception to the behavior of Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey in Boston’s 10-8, 14 inning win on Monday.

Manager Joe Maddon accused Lackey of intentionally throwing at Matt Joyce in the sixth inning, causing the benches to clear. Joyce hit a home run off of Lackey in the first inning and nearly hit another in his next at bat. Lackey also had words with the Rays bench during the contest as well.

“It all started because Matt hit a home run in the first inning and apparently Lackey did not like the fact that he swung at a 3-0 pitch and almost hit another home run,” Maddon said after Monday’s game. “So he intentionally hit him when he did, there’s no question in my mind that he did, and the sad part is that I’ve always considered Lackey a good teammate, but right there he can get one of his own players hurt.

“I really did sense among the group of Red Sox that they were totally not into that moment because they knew it was inappropriate to hit Matt on purpose, and furthermore because one of them can get hurt. So that’s being a bad teammate as far as I’m concerned. In the past, he was always a good teammate. That was really a bad moment for him tonight.”

Lackey denied hitting Joyce on purpose.

“I was just trying to come in there and get him off the plate,” Lackey said. “They were swinging quite a bit at everything I threw up there. I thought maybe I’d get a little bit of the plate for me.”

Relieverscalled up

With the Red Sox bullpen needed a lot of rest following a lot of work over the weekend and a 14 inning marathon against Tampa Bay Monday night, the team made a couple of call ups.

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