NEW YORK — Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre says he doesn’t agree with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz about official scorers.
Ortiz was upset Wednesday when his hard grounder was ruled an error on Minnesota 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, says not everyone will agree with official scorers.
“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.”
Ortiz declined to discuss the matter when approached by reporters before Friday’s game at Oakland.
Players can ask for a review. Last month, Torre reversed a scorer’s ruling and gave Ortiz a single against Texas ace Yu Darvish.
Boston Manager John Farrell said the team will send tape from the play to the MLB offices for further review.
“Anytime there’s a discrepancy, a dispute or a differing of opinion, there’s a process that the play can be forwarded for further review and that’s what we’ll do with David’s ball that glanced off Mauer’s glove the other day,” Farrell said. “It was a time when some frustration emerged. The review process will have a chance to look at this again.”
YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez dropped his medical malpractice lawsuit against the team doctor and his affiliated hospital.
“He does not want to have any legal distractions in preparing and entering the new season for the New York Yankees,” Rodriguez lawyer Alan Ripka said. “That is the sole and only reason why this case is being discontinued.”
Rodriguez, who is serving a year suspension from Major League Baseball, sued Dr. Christopher Ahmad and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center last year because he said they misdiagnosed his hip injury in 2012.
ANGELS: Reliever Dane De La Rosa was demoted to Triple-A Salt Lake after posting an 11.57 ERA in three appearances.
BLUE JAYS: R.A. Dickey was scheduled to start Friday’s game against Cincinnati but was pushed back until Sunday, giving him a couple extra days to let a sore groin heal.
Right-hander Steve Delabar was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after walking three in the seventh inning of a 6-4 loss at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
INDIANS: Right-hander Vinnie Pestano was recalled from Triple-A Columbus, while right-hander Zach McAllister was optioned to the same club.
DIAMONDBACKS: Former standout closer J.J. Putz was designated for assignment after posting a 6.50 ERA in 18 appearances and spending time on the DL because of forearm tightness.
Putz had 45 saves while helping Arizona win the NL West title in 2011, but has battled injuries the past two years.
BRAVES: Right-hander Gavin Floyd was placed on the 15-day DL after breaking a bone in his elbow during Thursday’s win over Washington.
REDS: Left-handed reliever Sean Marshall will have surgery on his left shoulder, the latest setback for the setup man.