FARRELL EJECTED ARGUING REPLAY
NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s new replay system is proving to be confounding for managers, including John Farrell of the Red Sox. On Sunday night, his frustration boiled over.
The system failed on Saturday when Farrell challenged a call in the eighth inning of a 7-4 loss against the Yankees. New York’s Dean Anna slid into second base and came off the bag while being tagged, something replays clearly showed. But he was called safe on the field and again after a review.
MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said after the game that the league’s review center in Manhattan did not have a conclusive angle immediately available and that the call should have been handled differently.
“I’ve seen the statement that they released. It’s unfortunate, because at field level you’ve got two points. One in which our replay was conclusive that he was off the bag and the other point is the safe call,” Farrell said before Sunday's game against the Yankees.
“In between, there are a lot of questions that come up and clearly challenges the validity of the process that’s being used.”
Fox, NESN and YES televised the game, meaning multiple angles should have been readily available.
“Great question and I don’t have the answer,” Farrell said when asked how the system broke down. “There’s no way I could have the answer why that was not determined at the time. The reason being is that they didn’t see it or they didn’t have it. That’s what leaves you scratching your head.”
In the fourth inning, a close play at first base was reversed in favor of the Yankees and gave them a run. Farrell came out of the dugout to argue and umpire Bob Davidson ejected him.
Managers face immediate ejection if they argue a reviewed call.
With Dustin Pedroia out of the lineup with a sore left wrist, Grady Sizemore moved into the leadoff spot and Farrell further changed the lineup by moving Xander Bogaerts up to the No. 2 spot for the first time this season.
“Just to give us a little right/left balance throughout. Xander’s had very good at-bats in every game that he’s played,” Farrell said. “He’s at the minor league level been a top-of-the-order type of hitter. That’s where we are today.”
The Sox have used 12 lineups in 13 games.
Jeter out again
The Yankees were without shortstop Derek Jeter for the second consecutive game.
On Saturday, New York manager Joe Girardi said Jeter was getting a rest. But on Sunday it was revealed that Jeter has a sore right quadriceps.
“He's not real happy, but I told him missing one game is better than possibly missing four to six weeks if something was to happen," Girardi said. "I feel really good about putting him out there on Tuesday as of right now."
The issue is something the 39-year-old Jeter has been dealing with since spring training.
"I didn't see him move around a lot different on Friday, but it's a concern of mine when someone tells me something is tight," Girardi said. "I think it's more apt to do something serious if you don't work that stiffness out."
Middlebrooks not ready yet
Will Middlebrooks, on the disabled list since April 5 with a strained right calf, took batting practice and threw before the game but did only some light jogging.
“It’s getting better but I’m still not running on it,” he said. “I have to be able to run.”
Middlebrooks will remain with the team and hopes he will be cleared to start a minor league rehabilitation assignment by the end of the week.
Checking him out
Free agent righthander Joel Hanrahan, who had Tommy John elbow surgery last May 16, will hold a workout for teams on Thursday in Tampa.
Hanrahan, 32, appeared in only nine games for the Red Sox last season before being injured. He was an All-Star in 2011 and ’12 for the Pirates and has 100 career saves.
The Red Sox and Yankees will be among the teams sending scouts to watch Hanrahan throw. The Mets, Angels, Rays, Rangers, Rockies and Athletics also have an interest.
Cold is coming
It was 66 degrees at first pitch at Yankee Stadium, making it the warmest game of the season for the Red Sox. The team has a day off in Chicago on Monday, where snow is expected. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s on Tuesday when the Sox open a three-game series against the White Sox. … Former Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon was on the field watching batting practice. Damon, now 40, has not played since 2012. Damon and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor are only players in major league history with at least 2,700 hits, 500 doubles, 200 home runs, 400 steals, and 100 triples. … Keenan Thompson impersonated David Ortiz on “Saturday Night Live” and the Red Sox designated hitter approved, sending a message to Thompson via Twitter. The skit poked fun at Ortiz’s now-celebrated selfie with President Barack Obama at the White House.