The circus that is Alfredo Aceves continued on Saturday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays, further marring a 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Aceves, fresh off a 2012 season that featured being suspended for three days for conduct detrimental to the team and a prominent place in the Mexico-Canada brawl during the WBC, almost incited another fight after hitting Sean Rodriguez with a pitch with one out in the fifth inning. Rodriguez had earlier hit a home run off the volatile pitcher, and had to be restrained from going after Aceves after the two had a heated exchange. Aceves was then pulled from the game.
Roberto Hernandez, who is battling with Jeff Niemann for the fifth starter spot, struggled initially, allowing three runs in the first two innings before settling in. Overall, he lasted five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out five batters. Dane de la Rosa, who is fighting for a spot in the bullpen, did not help his cause as he got blasted for four runs on three hits and a walk in .2 innings. On the positive side, he did manage to strike out two batters to account for both outs he recorded.
Rodriguez finished the day 2-2 with the two run home run. Leslie Anderson, himself looking to earn a spot on the Rays bench, continued his impressive spring as he went 3-3 with two doubles in the loss.