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Alfredo Aceves blames 13-0 loss on small strike zone and lack of hitting

Alfredo-Aceves-Red-SoxThe Boston Red Sox caught a break on Tuesday night at Fenway Park when the skies opened up and their game was rained out in the 7th inning. Considering they were already trailing the Oakland Athletics 13-0, the Sox were likely happy to call it an official game and move on with their lives.

Boston stood little chance in the game after starting pitcher Alfredo Aceves was racked for seven earned runs by the fourth inning. However, Aceves felt that there was no reason to pin the blame on his horrendous start.

“It’s hard to explain to you guys,” he said after the game, via the Boston Herald. “You guys just see the errors, the runs, the hits, whatever. It’s really hard to — how can I explain? — to get through that plate. For whatever reason, the strike zone got small. Obviously you guys don’t see it that way. You see the runs. As a pitcher, man, it’s not easy.”

Man I hate this guy. Aceves has value in that he can pitch out of the bullpen or fill in for injured starters, but his personality is incredibly difficult to deal with. Manager John Farrell got a first-hand look at that when Aceves was reportedly acting like a baby during spring training. The right-hander also made sure to note that the Red Sox managed only three hits on the night.

“Maybe his strike zone is not that small, for whatever reason,” Aceves said. “Also, we got our hacks. Why don’t we hit?”

John Lackey has been recovering nicely from a strained bicep, so Aceves’ starting role will likely be taken from him in the near future. It should be noted that his English is not all that great, so some stuff Aceves is trying to say could get lost in translation. That being said, he doesn’t have to have a strong grasp of the English language for people to understand that he’s a jackass.

Alfredo Aceves reportedly acts like a baby during bullpen session, annoys John Farrell

Boston Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves has a reputation for having somewhat of a whacky personality. Last season, the team suspended him for three games after he threw a fit when then-manager Bobby Valentine opted not to use him in the closer’s role of a 4-3 game. At the time, it would have been easy to toss the incident under the umbrella of Valentine not having control over his team. Now, it looks like it may not be that simple.

On Sunday, Aceves reportedly acted like a child during his live batting practice session at Red Sox spring training. Rather than throwing close to full speed like pitchers are supposed to during a live BP session, the right-hander was simply lobbing the ball toward home plate.

“Alfredo, are you OK?” Boston manager John Farrell yelled out, according to ESPNBoston.com.

Aceves nodded and said that he was fine, and Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves later walked out to the mound and had a conversation with him in Spanish. After that, Aceves began throwing the way he should be. Farrell had a talk with him after the workout.

“The one thing I’ll say about that is, he didn’t go through the drill as intended and we’ve addressed it,” Farrell explained. “His session on the mound didn’t go as intended. He’s healthy. It’s been addressed.”

When asked about the incident by reporters, Aceves simply said that it was a team matter. ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald reported that Aceves was apparently upset because he was scheduled to throw at 10:45 a.m., but John Lackey filled that time slot instead.

“There are 25 individuals on this team, but there are certain things that are going to be accepted and I think those are normal in any kind of clubhouse, or team setting,” Farrell said. “If someone strays out of that, that’s our job, or my job, to make it clear on what’s expected.”

Farrell has no intention of letting things get out of hand in Boston the way Valentine did, but Aceves’ antics remind us that not everything that happened last year was Bobby V.’s fault. He may still be taking the blame for a lot of it, but some players are just immature and difficult to work with.

Alfredo Aceves not allowed on Red Sox team flight during suspension

The Red Sox seem to be pretty serious about enforcing a suspension for pitcher Alfredo Aceves. Aceves was suspended three games on Saturday for conduct detrimental to the team after throwing a fit when he wasn’t used to close out Friday’s 4-3 win over the Royals. He reportedly stormed out of manager Bobby Valentine’s office on Friday night after Andrew Bailey pitched the 9th instead of him. He also refused to be held accountable for his poor performance in Thursday’s loss to the Angels.

When the Red Sox traveled from Boston to Anaheim following Monday’s win over the Royals, Aceves was not scheduled to be on the team flight because he’s serving the final day of his suspension. Manager Bobby Valentine still said he expected to see Aceves rejoin the team.

“On the same plane, no,” manager Bobby Valentine said, according to MLB.com. “I expect him to be in California though.

“Like I said, it just deals with being responsible for your actions and understanding that all actions have consequence,” Valentine said Monday. “It’s just a simple rule. Remember, I don’t have a lot of rules, but one of the rules I stated early on is that you don’t do anything to embarrass yourself, your teammates or your organization.”

There’s been plenty of drama surrounding the Red Sox this season — especially concerning the players’ relationship with Bobby Valentine — but it looks like management is finally taking control of the team. The problem is the discipline is coming too late in the season.

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