MINNEAPOLIS(AP) Getaway day started a little bit early for the
Boston Red Sox
hit two home runs, then was one of four people ejected by young umpire Todd Tichenor during separate arguments in the seventh
inning of Boston's 3-1 victory over Minnesota on Thursday.
The 32-year-old Tichenor, up from the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, gave the boot to both catchers and both managers during
a wild seventh inning that ended with
giving a dismissive wave toward home plate in disgust.
''Everybody handles things differently,''
said of Tichenor. ''It looked like he had his hands full today. Their guys were getting ejected, we're getting (ejected).
That's probably not your goal of the game.''
hit a home run in his return from a three-game absence because of a bruised hand, but Beckett (5-2) was too much for the Twins.
He allowed one run on three hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings.
went 0 for 3 to snap a 22-game hitting streak. But Varitek hit solo homers off
(1-1) to lead off the fifth and seventh innings, the first first time the switch-hitter has hit two home runs in a game off
right-handed pitchers since 2004, according to baseballreference.com.
The razzing really started after his second homer.
lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and
fired a perfect strike to
at home plate as
came barreling home. Redmond applied a sweep tag and replays showed that he appeared to hit Bailey on the arm just before
Bailey's hand touched the plate.
But Tichenor called Bailey safe, prompting an animated protest from Redmond. Tichenor tossed Redmond almost immediately after
the catcher approached him.
Tichenor was unavailable for comment after the game, but crew chief Jerry Layne said there was no physical contact between
the catcher and the umpire.
''Major League Baseball will review the report that Todd puts together,'' Layne said. ''I don't know what was said. I just
know it was very emotional at the moment. ... The umpire did his job.''
jumped out of the dugout to defend Redmond and was ejected himself.
''I just thought he had a quick gun there,'' Gardenhire said. ''He just pulled the trigger too quick, and I went out to defend
and he threw me out too.''
as the designated hitter, Redmond's ejection forced the Twins to give up their DH for the rest of the game. It was the first
career ejection for Redmond, who knew the stakes.
''I couldn't believe he threw me out, honestly,'' Redmond said. ''I don't go out there, ever, to get thrown out. Especially
knowing that Joe's DHing. I can't get thrown out. I really can't get thrown out. I didn't swear at him. I didn't do anything.
He just had a short fuse I guess.''
Things escalated in the bottom of the inning when Beckett threw a pitch that Varitek tried to frame for strike three on
. When he didn't get the call - replays showed that it appeared to be outside - Beckett seethed. Varitek stood up to intervene,
turned around and got in Tichenor's face.
Ejection No. 3.
''I just said it was uncharacteristic of him,'' said Beckett, giving the clean version. ''It was all caused by me.''
Then it was Francona's turn to defend his player.
''He handled it the way I like to see a person handle it,'' Layne said of Tichenor. ''He didn't let the game get out of control
by not taking charge. He didn't throw anybody out that didn't deserve to be thrown out. He did his job. The managers did their
jobs. Varitek stuck up for his pitcher. That's baseball.''
Swarzak gave up three runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six innings of his second big league start.
After pitching seven scoreless in a win over Milwaukee in his debut last week, Swarzak's scoreless innings streak reached
11 before Varitek got to him in the fifth inning on Thursday.
Varitek, who declined comment, entered the game hitting .222 with three homers from the left side of the plate this season.
pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
was given his first day off of the season. ... Gardenhire gave SS
the day off to rest a sore groin that has been nagging him for the last week. ...
will continue his rehab from back surgery by playing three of four games for Triple-A Pawtucket starting on Friday. ...
hit for the pitcher's spot in the seventh and
was the pinch-hitter in the ninth.