5/31/2014 11:18 P.M. ET
Rays-Red Sox rivalry heating up
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
BOSTON -- Friday night's Rays-Red Sox game was the fifth time a game between the two teams produced three or more ejections and the second time this season, including Sunday, when Jonny Gomes, Sean Rodriguez and Yunel Escobar were all ejected in the seventh inning at Tropicana Field.
Here's a recap of the other three occurrences, which included the following incidents:
Aug. 29, 2000: Pedro Martinez hit the first batter of the game, Gerald Williams, which resulted in a beanball battle and the ejection of eight players and coaches. Williams, manager Larry Rothschild, Dave Eiland, coach Bill Russell, Cory Lidle, Greg Vaughn, coach Jose Cardenal, and Tony Fiore were all ejected in the course of the game. No Red Sox players or coaches were ejected.
After hitting Williams, Martinez retired the next 24 consecutive batters before John Flaherty broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the ninth inning.
April 24, 2005: In the final game of a three-game series at Tropicana Field, two Devil Rays were hit by pitches and six Red Sox and Rays were ejected, including managers Lou Piniella and Terry Francona and players Bronson Arroyo, Trot Nixon, Lance Carter and Dewon Brazelton.
June 5, 2008: Five players were hit by pitches (Carl Crawford, Akinori Iwamura, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia and Coco Crisp) and three players were ejected, James Shields, Gomes and Crisp, after Shields hit Crisp leading off the second at Fenway Park.
Escobar, Myers out of starting lineup with injuries
BOSTON -- Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar and right fielder Wil Myers got dinged up in Friday night's game against the Red Sox.
Neither was in the starting lineup Saturday night at Fenway Park.
Escobar came up favoring his left quadriceps after hitting into a fielder's choice in the 10th inning and got lifted for a pinch-runner.
Myers hurt his right wrist in a center-field collision with Desmond Jennings on A.J. Pierzynski's triple that drove home the winning run in a 3-2 Red Sox win.
"Escobar has a little thing with his quad, nothing horrible," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "Might be able to play [Sunday], Monday at the worst. Possibly do some pinch-hitting, whatever, tonight. But to actually play [Sunday] or the next day."
Myers wore a protective brace over his right wrist Saturday afternoon and was expected to be examined by a doctor before Saturday night's game.
When asked about the injury, Myers noted that he learned from watching the replay that he landed on his glove hand after running into Jennings.
"And my right hand came down and slapped the ground," Myers said. "It's a little cut up from where I hit the ground."
When asked if he was feeling pain in his wrist, he replied: "It doesn't feel good. It's sore. It's definitely sore."
Maddon said "honestly I don't want to even want go there yet" when asked about his concern level regarding Myers.
"It could be something very minor and insignificant, I'm not sure, once it gets checked out, I'll know more," Maddon said. "It's really hard to create conjecture. It could be something, it could be nothing. Let's just see what the doctor says."
Ben Zobrist, who just returned from the disabled list Friday, started at shortstop Saturday night. Maddon felt fortunate about that fact given that Zobrist has played a lot of short.
"We could have covered that in a lot of ways, but it's nice to get Zo back," Maddon said. "We still have a lot of flexibility and versatility among the group. He's at the center of that."
Kevin Kiermaier started in right. The rookie outfielder plays mostly center, but he has experience in right.
"I feel comfortable out there," Kiermaier said. "I'll be ready to go tonight. I'll get out there and make sure to check out everything so I know how the balls come off the walls and everything. And really get my work in during batting practice."
Kiermaier has not played at Fenway, which has odd outfield configurations, to say the least.
"Yeah, I was talking to Wil about that [Friday] and he said that wall in right is real tricky down there," Kiermaier said. "And it's real short down there, especially where the Pesky Pole's at. I'll do the best I can to prepare myself and be ready for anything once it's game time."
Solis suffers nasal contusion, exits game
BOSTON -- Rays catcher Ali Solis left Saturday night's 7-1 loss against the Red Sox after getting hit in the nose on an odd play in the third inning.
Making his first Major League start, Solis was batting against Boston starter Rubby De La Rosa, who bounced an 0-2 pitch to the plate.
The ball deflected off catcher A.J. Pierzynski, then ricocheted off the ground and hit Solis flush on the nose.
"I didn't see it," Solis said. "It hit A.J.'s knee and went straight to my nose. ... I couldn't see real well. For a moment, I thought I was bleeding because I couldn't feel my nose. It swelled up right away. So I touched my nose and I was like, 'It's broken.' When the trainer asked me, I'm like, 'If it isn't broke, I'll keep playing.'"
According to the club, Solis has a nasal contusion.
"It's not broken," Solis said. "It's just a little sore right now. I'm good right now. At the moment, they asked me how I feel, and I couldn't see real well. It was a little blurry. I'm fine now. I'll be ready [Sunday].
"It was weird. ... That's baseball. It happens."
Rays trainers and manager Joe Maddon rushed to tend to Solis, who remained on his feet. Moments later, Solis left the game and Jose Molina took over the at-bat.
Molina took a called third strike to end an at-bat that will go down as a Solis strikeout. Molina remained in the game at catcher.
Price not surprised by Ortiz's words
BOSTON -- Before Saturday night's game, reporters asked Rays ace David Price about Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's comments following Friday night's game, specifically the comment, "It's a war. It's on."
Was Price surprised by the comment?
"Not really," Price said. "He was mad. So I get it. We all say stupid stuff when we're mad. Been there. I'm sure he probably wishes he wouldn't have said some of the things he said. You can't relate the game that we play to a war.
"Kellen Winslow got a lot of crap for saying he was a soldier. You're not a soldier. This is not war. We have troops fighting for us that are in a war. It's not a good comparison."
Ortiz made other comments in relation to getting hit by a pitch thrown by Price on Friday. Price said those comments did not bother him.
"Not one bit, honestly, it really didn't," Price said. "I'm not worried about it."
• For the sixth consecutive year, the Rays will wear all white on the flight to Miami on Sunday. That will mark the team's third themed trip of the season and 31st since its inception in 2008.
• Friday night's loss handed the Rays their 16th loss of May, insuring they will finish the month with their most losses in the month since 2006 when they posted a 10-18 mark.
• Friday night was the 23rd time this season Tampa Bay has been held to two or fewer runs. Entering Saturday night's game, that ranked third in the Major Leagues and the most in the American League.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.