NEW YORK - It would surprise no one if John Farrell earns himself a suspension from Major League Baseball after his actions Friday night.
Farrell raced out to pull away David Ortiz away from home plate umpire Ron Kulpa on a called strike of the Red Sox slugger, and in the process, got himself ejected.
He then went to the dugout, but didn't leave the dugout, as the rules state he must after the ejection. Farrell continued to yell at Kulpa. At one point, it was easy to read his lips saying: "You ought to be (expletive) ashamed of yourself, Ronnie.''
Then, after Ortiz returned to the Red Sox dugout following a called third strike and continued to complain about Kulpa's strike zone, Kulpa tossed Ortiz, too.
That was too much for Farrell to take. Farrell raced back to argue with Kulpa again, and for good measure, made a gesture himself as though he was ejecting Kulpa.
"I'm sure you can dig something up from back in the old days with Earl Weaver or something like that,'' said Kulpa, speaking with a pool reporter after the game.
A source said crew chief Jerry Meals, who was at third base Friday night, repeatedly warned Farrell to leave the field after his ejection.
Players and managers earn automatic fines for ejections, but it seems virtually certain Farrell will end up missing a game or more for his actions.
New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third.
Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.
In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three.
Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies.
Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.
Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.
MORE - Sox signal they'll keep Swihart, may trade Marrero or Holt
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.
MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.