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Youkilis' temper sparked Bosox spat

BOSTON — The dugout shouting incident Thursday between Boston teammates Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis was the result of Youkilis' constant temper after poor at-bats, ESPN.com reported.

TV cameras showed Ramirez and Youkilis being separated after exchanging words in the dugout at the end of the fourth inning against the Rays.

Apparently, players have approached Youkilis in the past about his habit of throwing bats and helmets after poor plate appearances, even when the team is winning easily, which makes him appear more concerned about himself than the team, the Web site reported.

On Friday, Ramirez strolled into the clubhouse and said: "It's in the past. It's a new day."

Youkilis said the same. "It's good," he said. "It's over. A new day."

Ramirez was not listed in Friday's starting lineup, saying his right knee was sore after he took a pitch from Dan Wheeler in the seventh. "Everything's good," he said of the knee. "It's just going to be one day."

Bonds pleads noT guilty: Home run king Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty when he was rearraigned on federal charges of lying to a grand jury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Attorney Allen Ruby pleaded not guilty to the 15 felony counts of lying under oath and obstruction of justice on the slugger's behalf, while Bonds stood silently. A March 2, 2009, trial date was set. Bonds pleaded not guilty to similar accusations in December, but a judge ordered prosecutors to rewrite the indictment. There are no new allegations.

College players in draft: These FSU players were taken on Day 2 of the first-year players draft: RHP Ryan Strauss (ninth round, White Sox), RF John Rye (13th, Yankees), 1B Dennis Guinn (17th, Rangers), RHP Elih Villanueva (35th, Marlins), LHP Matthew Fairel (35th, Reds). From Florida: OF Avery Barnes (40th, Nationals); RHP Joshua Edmondson (41st, Angels). USF: RHP Daniel Thomas (13th, A's); SS Addison Maruszak (17th, Yankees); LHP David Torcise (47th, Reds). Tampa: 1B Jose Jimenez (33rd, Angels), CF Paul Cruz (40th, Cardinals); LHP Kevin Ferguson (43rd, Angels). Miami: RHP Enrique Garcia (24th, Reds); LF Adan Severino (26th, Twins). St. Petersburg College: LHP Jarred Holloway (10th, Astros), SS Stephen Lombardozzi (19th, Nationals), C Justin Dalles (26th, Blue Jays), RHP Jeffrey Walters (30th, Indians) and INF Correy Figueroa (41st, Giants).

Padres: 2B Tadahito Iguchi will miss 4-6 weeks with a separated shoulder after he fell while running the bases Thursday.

Rangers: RHP Sidney Ponson was designated for assignment. GM Jon Daniels said Ponson was dumped "for disrespecting teammates and club personnel." Texas has 10 days to trade, release or outright Ponson to the minors. Also, SS Michael Young was scratched from the lineup Friday against the Rays because of a bruised left ring finger. Ramon Vazquez, the regular third baseman, started at short and C Gerald Laird started at third.

Rockies: RF Brad Hawpe (strained right hamstring) was activated from the DL.

TIgers: INF Ramon Santiago (separated left shoulder) and OF Clete Thomas (sprained right ankle) were placed on the 15-day DL, and reliever Aquilino Lopez went on the bereavement list. To replace the players, Detroit purchased the contract of INF Michael Hollimon from Triple-A Toledo and called up OF Brent Clevlen. Reliever Denny Bautista (shoulder) was also activated from the DL.

Yankees: RHP LaTroy Hawkins began serving a three-game suspension against the Royals after his penalty was upheld by the commissioner's office. Hawkins was disciplined for throwing at Baltimore's Luke Scott last month. Reliever Chris Britton (pulled ribcage muscle) went on the DL, and RHP Dan Giese was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Youkilis' temper sparked Bosox spat 06/06/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:46am]
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