NEW YORK — MLB executive Joe Torre says he doesn't agree with Red Sox DH David Ortiz about official scorers.
Ortiz was upset Wednesday when his ball against the Twins was ruled an error, not a hit. After the inning, he glared and waved his arms toward Fenway Park scorer Bob Ellis. After Boston won, he said scoring decisions should favor the home team.
"Everyone in our game deserves respect," Torre said in a statement MLB released. "I hope that David will meet that standard going forward. Official scorers should never give any benefit of the doubt to the home team."
Players can ask for a review. Last month, Torre reversed a ruling and gave Ortiz a single against Rangers RHP Yu Darvish, who was pitching a perfect game at the time.
Oritz declined to comment before Friday's game.
A-Rod drops suit: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez dropped a lawsuit accusing the team doctor of botching his treatment. Rodriguez, serving a season-long drug suspension, alleged Christopher Ahmad let him play in the 2012 playoffs despite an MRI exam showing a torn joint in his left hip. Rodriguez's lawyer, Alan Ripka, said dropping the case isn't a reflection of its merits. Rather, it was for "having no legal distractions" beofre he returns in 2014.
Manny update: Cubs executive Theo Epstein said Manny Ramirez could join Triple-A Iowa next week. Ramirez, 42, out of baseball since his second drug suspension in April 2011, signed a minor-league deal in May to be a player-coach. Since then, he has been at extended spring training.
Blue Jays: RH R.A. Dickey was scratched from Friday's start and will go Sunday to give him time to rest a sore groin.
D'backs: RHP J.J. Putz, 37, who has 189 saves in 12 years, was designated for assignment. He is 1-1 with a 6.50 ERA in 18 games and missed time with forearm tightness.
Pirates: RHP Jason Grilli lost the closer's role. Thursday, he blew his fourth save (among 15 chances) after converting 33 of 35 a year ago. RHP Mark Melancon, who had 10 saves this year while Grilli was hurt, will close with LHP Tony Watson also getting shots.
Reds: LH reliever Sean Marshall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder and is out indefinitely. Shoulder injuries have limited him to 24 innings over the past two seasons.