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Werner criticizes Price for Eck incident; says Sox' relationship with Yanks is 'frosty'

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Werner criticizes Price for Eck incident; says Sox' relationship with Yanks is 'frosty'

BOSTON — Red Sox chairman Tom Werner doesn’t seem to be the biggest fan of the the Yankees, MLB disciplinarian Joe Torre, and players who can’t take criticism from broadcasters.

In a spot Thursday with WEEI, Werner made clear David Price’s handling of Dennis Eckersley was unprofessional.

“Boston is a tough place to play,” Werner said on WEEI’s Ordway, Merlonia and Fauria. “Some players thrive here, and some players don’t. Get a thicker skin. My feeling is, let the broadcasts be honest, be personable, informative, and get over it if you think a certain announcer took a shot at you.”

“I thought there was a way of handling that. It wasn’t handled appropriately. If I’ve got a problem with Lou [Merloni], and I hear something he says on the radio, I’ll say to Lou, ‘That wasn’t fair.’ ”

Werner also called the team’s relationship with the Yankees “frosty” following the public sign-stealing saga that resulted in fines for both clubs.

“The fact is, I do think this was a minor technical violation,” Werner said. “I start with the fact that this was unfortunately raised to a level it never should have been raised to.”

Werner also insinuated he did not approve of how MLB and Torre handled the disciplining of Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who receieved a four-game suspension for his part in a fight against the Tigers (reduced on appeal to three games).

“Do you think Gary Sanchez got an appropriate punishment?” Werner asked.

Report: MLB discipline likely for Sale for throwing behind Machado

Report: MLB discipline likely for Sale for throwing behind Machado

Red Sox ace Chris Sale likely faces discipline from MLB for throwing behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports. 

After first reporting that a suspension was likely for Sale, Rosenthal walked that back to clarify that it wouldn't necessarily be a fine but perhaps a fine or warning.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/859855858498490374

Sale threw behind Machado in the first inning Tuesday night, apparently in retaliation for Mookie Betts getting hit by a pitch the night before, as the Red Sox-Orioles hostilities continue to escalate.

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was suspended four games last week for throwing a pitch near Machado’s head in Baltimore.

Rosenthal also reports that after speaking with MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre, that no pre-game warning will be issued for the Red Sox and Orioles tonight prior to the third game of their four-game series.

The benches were warned Tuesday night after Sale missed Machado with the pitch.