Red Sox DH David Ortiz reacts to a call from the official scorer in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game at Fenway Park. (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)
New york — Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre said he doesn’t agree Red Sox slugger David Ortiz about official scorers.
Ortiz was upset Wednesday when his ball was ruled an error on Twins first baseman Joe Mauer instead of a hit. When the inning ended at Fenway Park, Ortiz glared and waved his arms toward official scorer Bob Ellis.
After Boston won, Ortiz suggested that scoring decisions should tilt toward the home team.
Torre, the MLB executive vice president for baseball operations, said not everyone will agree with official scorers in a strongly worded statement.
“But everyone in our game deserves respect. I hope that David will meet that standard going forward, because I don’t share the same views that he expressed,” Torre said in a statement. “Official scorers should never give any benefit of the doubt to the home team,” he said.
Players can ask for a review. Last month, Torre reversed a scorer’s ruling and gave Ortiz a single against Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who had been flirting with a no-hitter.
Cuba's Tomas defects
Hard-hitting outfielder Yasmani Tomas of Havana’s powerhouse ballclub Industriales has defected, Cuban authorities said Friday.
News of Tomas’ defection came in a single paragraph at the end of an article in Communist Party newspaper Granma, which interviewed national baseball director Higinil Velez Carrion about two games next month against a visiting U.S. collegian team.
“From the same source, Granma learned of the departure from the country, through unscrupulous, illegal human trafficking, of he who was a player for the Industriales team, Yasmani Tomas,” the article read.
According to official statistics, Tomas hit .275 for Industriales last season with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs in the 90-game regular season and seven playoff games.
The website BaseballdeCuba.com, which is hosted in Florida and is not affiliated with the Cuban government, says he is “without doubt the ‘slugger’ of the team.”
A-Rod drops lawsuit
Alex Rodriguez’s lawyer said his client has dropped a lawsuit against a Yankees team doctor. It had been a lingering piece of Rodriguez’s legal fight over his baseball career.
Attorney Alan Ripka said Friday that Rodriguez withdrew his suit against Dr. Christopher Ahmad to eliminate distractions as the third baseman anticipates returning to baseball after his season-long suspension. Ahmad’s lawyer Peter Crean said the orthopedic surgeon is very pleased Rodriguez dropped the case.
Rodriguez’s suit had said he kept playing and worsened a left hip injury because Ahmad didn’t tell him an October 2012 MRI showed a joint tear. Crean says Ahmad provided appropriate care.
In February, Rodriguez withdrew two lawsuits against MLB over its investigation into whether he used banned, performance-enhancing drugs. He’s denied it.
Wood to replace Floyd
Gonzalez said Friday that Wood will start Wednesday’s game against the Astros. Wood was recently sent down to Triple-A Gwinnett to prepare for being a starter, a move that has proved to be prescient given Floyd’s injury.
“I’m glad (we) had the foresight at the time to say, ‘Hey, let’s get this guy stretched out just in case,’” Gonzalez said.
Wood has made two starts with Gwinnett, pitching 8.2 innings with a 1.04 ERA. He is 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA with the Braves this season.
Around the horn
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has decided to remove ex-Tigers reliever Jason Grilli from the closer role. Grilli allowed a tying homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 4-3 victory over Cincinnati. He has blown four save opportunities this season.
... Alex Wood will take Gavin Floyd’s spot in the Braves rotation, the latest pitching shuffle for manager Fredi Gonzalez in the aftermath of Floyd’s unusual elbow injury.
... The Indians recalled right-hander Vinnie Pestano from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-hander Zach McAllister to the same club.