Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays still angry at Lackey for plunking Joyce

ST. PETERSBURG — Losing Monday's 14-inning, five-hour-plus game to the Red Sox 10-8 wasn't all that stung the Rays.

Several were still upset Tuesday with Red Sox pitcher John Lackey for hitting Matt Joyce in the sixth inning then claiming it was an accident.

"It was very unmanlike to deny that you did it on purpose, that's basically what I was addressing with him when we were on the field," Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez said Tuesday. "I played with (Lackey), I thought he was more of a man. But maybe he's changed, I don't know."

According to Joyce, Lackey was upset when he dropped his bat after hitting a long foul ball on a 3-and-0 count in his second at-bat after homering in his first.

Joyce said he didn't do anything wrong. He was frustrated he hit it foul, was not looking to show anyone up and didn't deserve to be hit, and he called it "a pretty bush league move."

Joyce was also upset at Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who quickly got in his face. "For him to sit there and cuss at me and tell me to go to f-in first base and take your f-in base and stuff like that, I thought that was pretty aggressive and I didn't appreciate that too much," he said Tuesday.

Also, Joyce said "it's pretty ironic" this became an issue with the Red Sox, since David Ortiz is known for admiring looks, bat flips and slow trots after his home runs.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said hitting Joyce was "inappropriate" and Lackey was 'a bad teammate" for doing so as a Sox player could get hit in retaliation.

Lackey didn't respond much Tuesday, saying he understood Maddon sticking up for his players: "I don't think I need to seek him out. … He knows being a good teammate is an important thing for me."

The flared tempers were only part of the story. Rays starter Alex Cobb gave up six runs before recording an out in the first, but the Rays came back to force extra innings, then the Sox took an 8-6 lead in the 10th and the Rays tied it again before losing in the 14th.

Who's complaining?

It may be a touch ironic that the Red Sox would gripe about showboating when DH David Ortiz is notorious for his sloooooooow home run trots. The 10 slowest trots of the season, according to tatertrottracker.com:

Player Date Time

Todd Helton May 16 31.54

David Ortiz June 8 29.59

Josh Donaldson June 7 29.51

Ortiz June 9 29.4

Ortiz May 30 29.11

Ortiz May 23 28.91

Ortiz May 14 28.72

Ortiz April 26 28.44

Ian Kinsler April 2 28.36

Ortiz June 2 28.33

Rays still angry at Lackey for plunking Joyce 06/11/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 10:20pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

    Bucs

    ORLANDO — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

    Bucs  wide receiver Mike Evans runs a route as Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. defends during the first quarter of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in January at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Erasmo Ramirez makes his third start of the season.
  3. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC

    Bucs

    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  4. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  5. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot

    Blogs

    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.