WASHINGTON(AP) The ball was bouncing toward
, and so was the tumbling sharp end of
' broken bat.
The bat got there first. The
Boston Red Sox
shortstop deflected the barrel with his right forearm as the ball rolled between his legs. The play was ruled a hit and Green
was unharmed, but the dicey second-inning play in Wednesday night's 6-4 win over the
gave the debate over maple bats another solid piece of video evidence.
''It's scary to see a bat go flying that far,'' pitcher
said. ''I thought they did some research this offseason to try to figure that stuff out, but obviously we've still got a long
ways to go. You've got to take cover. It's a tough play to make when you've got a bat head flying at you looking to take your
homered, with Ortiz collecting his 1,000th RBI, and Lester (6-6) allowed three runs and six hits over six innings for the
, who again felt right at home in the nation's capital.
Red Sox Nation invaded Nationals Park for the second night in a row, the visiting fans stuffing the seats for a crowd of 41,530
- breaking the ballpark record by 13 set in the series opener on Tuesday. So far, it's been worth the trip: Boston has won
the first two games by a combined score of 17-7 in its first regular-season visit to Washington since 1971.
Without a doubt, the play most fans were talking about as they headed toward the exits was Green's attempt at dodge-a-bat.
When the play was over, there was the sobering sight of the bat speared into the grass in shallow left field.
''I didn't see the bat until it bounced right in front of me,'' Green said. ''I saw it bouncing and I put my arm to try to
get it out of the way, and the ball went right between my legs. It was unfortunate because it was a double-play ball.''
had two thoughts.
First, the selfish one: ''I'm probably not sounding like a loyal manger, but I wanted him to make the play. Get out of the
way, catch it and make the play.''
Then, more seriously: ''When you see it sticking in the ground like that? I'm sure that's why the league is doing tests on
bats - because someone is going to get hurt.''
Major League Baseball has taken steps to hold maple bat manufacturers to a new list of standards, but there are some who have
called for maple to be banned altogether.
''Lord, that was very scary,'' Washington manager Manny Acta said. ''I've never seen a bat carry that far and that fast.''
(1-3) was perfect for three innings for the Nationals, but the rookie threw a 3-2 changeup to Ortiz with two outs and two
on in the fourth. Ortiz launched the ball beyond the center field wall to give him RBI No. 1,000 - along with two more.
''That was a pretty big mental mistake,'' Stammen said. ''I have to be able to shake that pitch off and throw what I wanted
Varitek hit a fastball into the bleachers in right-center for a two-run shot in the sixth to give the
a 6-1 lead. The Nationals scored two in the bottom of the inning on
's single and added another in the seventh on
's triple, but
's bid to tie the game in the seventh fell a couple of feet short when center fielder
snagged a deep fly just before bumping into the fence in front of the
got his 17th save. ... The
have won 16 of 21. ... Boston hitting coach
was ejected by home plate umpire
in the top of the fourth inning after disputing a low-and-away strike to
. It was Magadan's fifth career ejection, his second as a coach. ... Washington's
didn't start after feeling discomfort in his right wrist. An MRI was negative, and he walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth
and stayed in the game in left field. ... Guzman has a streak of seven consecutive multi-hit games. ... After winning a season-high
four straight games last week, the worst-in-baseball Nationals have been outscored 26-11 in three consecutive losses. ...
pitched six innings, allowing eight hits, two runs, one walk and five strikeouts in a rehab assignment for Triple-A Syracuse
against Scranton-Wilkes Barre.