Red Sox, Rays benches clear once again

Rob Bradford
May 30, 2014 - 4:49 pm

The Red Sox and Rays benches cleared once again, this time emptying in the fourth inning of the teams' series opener at Fenway Park, Friday night. The incident this time was put in motion after Tampa Bay starter David Price hit Mike Carp with two outs in the fourth. It was the second Red Sox batter hit by Price, with David Ortiz having been plunked in the first inning. After the Ortiz hit batsman, home plate umpire Dan Bellino issued warning to both benches. Red Sox manager John Farrell would be ejected after arguing with Bellino regarding the warnings. Once Carp was hit, the Red Sox first baseman yelled out at Price while both benches emptied. The most animated in the scrum appeared to be Ortiz and Tampa Bay's Sean Rodriguez, who had been among three players ejected with the teams had their benches clear during Sunday's Rays in at Tropricana Field. After the umpires determined Price would not be ejected, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo was ejected following a heated exchange with Bellino in which Lovullo slammed his hat to the ground. With both Farrell and Lovullo ejected, third base coach Brian Butterfield took over as acting manager for the Red Sox with first base coach Arnie Beyeler manning the third base coaching box and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez becoming the first base coach. The Rays carried a 1-0 at the time of the bench-clearing incident, with Price having surrendered just one hit.