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Farrell: 'Fairly obvious' Kluber was sending a message with pitch to Nunez


Farrell: 'Fairly obvious' Kluber was sending a message with pitch to Nunez

CLEVELAND — The Indians might have come to the plate in the eighth inning still trailing 1-0 on Wednesday night were it not for Corey Kluber's apparent ego.

Kluber, an amazing pitcher, had none on and two out in the eighth when Brock Holt drew a walk in an excellent at-bat, after Kluber held a 1-2 advantage in the count.

The next batter, Eduardo Nunez, pulled ahead 2-0 before taking a mighty swing at a breaking ball. Nunez fell to one knee and looked rather silly, but Kluber, apparently, thought the swing was insulting. 

The next pitch from Kluber hit Nunez in the left elbow pad. Nunez glanced out at Kluber and walked rather slowly but there were no further developments in terms of animosity. (Chris Sale, who threw behind Manny Machado earlier this year is on the mound for the Red Sox on Thursday.)

“For pinpoint control, I think that was fairly obvious a message,” Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday of the pitch that hit Nunez.

Farrell also said he didn’t think there was an unwritten rule for swinging too hard.

The batter after Nunez, Mookie Betts, made Kluber pay with a single that extended the lead to 2-0. Holt was only in scoring position because Nunez was hit with a pitch. 

Unwritten rules and intentional pitches aren't going anywhere, but the game was too tight and this series too important for Kluber to let bravado take over. 

The score wound up 6-1 because of four Sox runs in the ninth. But in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Indians scored on an Edwin Encarnacion homer — a home run that theoretically could have tied the game had Kluber kept the score 1-0 in the eighth.

Nunez told's John Tomase that he did not think the pitch was a message pitch.

“I don't think so," Nunez said. "I think they're really good and Kluber's really good. He's too good to think that way. He's one of the best pitchers in the game. I don't think he should think that way.” 

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.