Guillen gets first boot as Marlins manager
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- While the Miami Marlins worked on their hitting, pitching and fielding, new manager Ozzie Guillen practiced, too.
His arguing, that is.
Guillen was ejected from a spring training game for disputing a foul ball, then got a wave goodbye from Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine in Boston's 5-3 win in 10 innings Monday.
"A little excitement, set the tone, protecting my players. That's it," Guillen later.
Known for his volatile nature, Guillen was tossed by first base umpire Tim Timmons in the sixth inning after a grounder down the line by Miami's Terry Tiffee was ruled foul.
The play came with one out, runners on second and third, and Boston ahead 3-2. Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey had started into his set position for the next pitch when time was called.
"My first base coach told me the ball was fair," Guillen said. "I got to believe him. We should be 3-3. That happens. Spring training for everyone."
Guillen walked from the dugout, shouted and banged his hands together a few times. After about 20 seconds, Guillen exited across the diamond toward the visitor's clubhouse in lef field.
As he left, Guillen also had some words for third base umpire Tim Tschida. Guillen got a sendoff from Valentine, with the new Red Sox manager waving a couple of times at Guillen.
Timmons declined comment on the ejection.
"The home plate ump (and I), we were, `What just happened?"' Tiffee said. "I don't know what he said."
Guillen said he'd been ejected from a few exhibition games.
"What's the difference between spring training and during the season? I do my job. The umpires have to do their job. The players have to do their jobs. My job is to protect the players. I don't see this game different than other games," he said.
Asked if he'd ever been tossed from a spring training game, Valentine said: "I certainly hope not. Probably."
"It was lesson time," Valentine said. "Ozzie was telling the first base umpire it wasn't his call because the ball was in front of the bag. And he didn't want to hear that."
Valentine's message to Guillen on his way out?
"See ya," Valentine said.
Guillen did not see Valentine wave to him. If he had noticed, Guillen said he would've uttered an expletive in Valentine's direction.
"That's the way Ozzie Guillen is. I don't mind getting ejected," Guillen said. "That's my job. If I don't get ejected protecting my players, I can't sleep at night."
Added Tiffee: "He's fiery and he wants to win. I like that."
"If he doesn't agree with something, he's going to let you know. I don't mind that in a manager. He's got your back," he said.
Josh Beckett started for Boston and went four innings, allowing a run on a hit, two walks and two hit batters.
Ricky Nolasco started for the Marlins, giving up three runs and three hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Pedro Ciriaco hit a two-run homer in the 10th to win it.
Peavy left with the bases loaded and one out in the third after yielding four consecutive singles and a walk.
Tyson Ross, a candidate to join Oakland's staff, pitched three scoreless innings. He struck out two, walked two and gave up three hits.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Weiland threw four hitless innings to lead Houston to the victory.
With new Astros owner Jim Crane in attendance at his first spring training game, Weiland recorded nine ground-ball outs and worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the third by coaxing Curtis Granderson into a grounder.
The Pirates didn't hit a ball out of the infield against Worley. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out two in each of his innings.
Gorkys Hernandez's infield single in the seventh ended the Phillies' no-hit bid.
Lincecum gave up an unearned run and an infield single, on a ball hit off his foot. The ace right-hander was knocked around for five runs and seven hits in his previous outing.
Hosmer hurt his right shoulder when he landed awkwardly diving for a ground ball in the fifth. He was checked out by the team doctor and could be able to play Tuesday.
Moustakas had a bruised right knee after he was hit by a pitch from Santiago Casilla in the bottom half. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Beltran had two hits in his return following a bout with the flu, and Kolten Wong singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning for a St. Louis Cardinals split squad.
Starter Brandon Beachy issued five of the Braves' 12 walks. Atlanta is 1-10 this spring.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Zimmerman homered for the second time this spring and added a double in Washington's win against a St. Louis split squad.
Zimmerman is hitting .587 this spring, going 7 for 12 with three doubles.
David Freese hit a three-run homer for St. Louis. Top Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller gave up three runs and four hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Shields allowed three hits, walked two and struck out two in his second spring training start, building on the two perfect innings he worked against the New York Yankees last week.
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Omar Vizquel, the 44-year-old infielder auditioning for a utility job with the Blue Jays, made a couple of sparkling defensive plays at third base and hit a two-run single in Toronto's win over Baltimore.
Vizquel, who would be the oldest player in the majors, is a non-roster invitee on a minor league contract. Almost exclusively a shortstop in 23 big league seasons, Vizquel threw out Scott Beerer in the second inning after he barehanded a hard-hit shot just inside the foul line.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Andy Oliver, competing to win the final spot in Detroit's starting rotation, allowed one hit and struck out two in four innings of a 10-inning tie with the Mets.
Oliver is in competition with Drew Smyly and former first-round pick Jacob Turner. Smyly started and went two innings, allowing one earned run. Turner gave up six runs in 1 2-3 innings, including a grand slam by Lucas Duda.
Maholm missed a handful of days early in spring because of the flu. He allowed two hits, including a solo homer by Todd Frazier.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo gave up hits to the first five Cubs batters, with Soriano's shot nearly clearing the scoreboard in left-center field.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Shelley Duncan visited with dad Dave, then drove in two runs to help Cleveland beat Arizona.
Arizona starter Joe Saunders left after being hit on the side of the left shin by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Santana in the first inning. The left-hander said he was taken out of the game as a precaution.
Duncan played in front of his father - the former St. Louis pitching coach - for the first time since he was in college more than a decade ago.
Weaver allowed four hits and three runs and didn't make it out of the third inning in his second spring start.
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang allowed one run and three hits in three innings in his second spring start.
The Mariners' big hits came after Seattle starter Blake Beavan, a former Rangers prospect, lasted five innings in his longest start of the spring. He allowed two runs and three hits, including Nelson Cruz's home run.
Olivo homered against Rangers closer Joe Nathan.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jeremy Guthrie pitched four solid innings, Willin Rosario hit a three-run homer during Colorado's eight-run seventh inning and the Rockies beat San Diego.
Guthrie, acquired in a Feb. 6 trade with Baltimore, gave up a home run to Cameron Maybin to lead off the game. The right-hander allowed just one hit the rest of the way while striking out three.
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