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Rays notes: Team steadfast in wake of dustup

ST. PETERSBURG - Both sides maintained their innocence one day after a pitch by Red Sox starter John Lackey hit the Rays' Matt Joyce in the back in a move that emptied the dugouts during the sixth inning of Boston's 10-8, 14-inning win on Monday.
Lackey said he was just trying to pitch inside. Joyce said Lackey misinterpreted his actions when he dropped his bat after hitting a 3-0 pitch foul during the second inning, one inning after Joyce homered off Lackey.
“I can't understand how you can get upset about something like that,” Joyce said. “You don't really get your pitch to hit too often and when you miss it, it's a little frustrating. That was just frustration. That wasn't trying to show anybody up. I take a lot of pride in playing the game the right way.”
Joyce called Lackey's action “bush league” after the game, and Rays manager Joe Maddon called it “inappropriate” and called Lackey a bad teammate for jeopardizing the health of his teammates when the benches emptied.
Neither side said they expected anything to happen during Tuesday's game, but there is a history of dustups between the teams, and now Joyce and Lackey have a history.
“I don't know how it's going to play out in the future,” Joyce said. “Obviously you want to beat them.”
On bereavement list RHP Alex Cobb was placed on the three-day bereavement list because of the death of his grandmother. As a result, the Rays called up RHP Jake Odorizzi.
Odorizzi was already headed to Tampa Bay, having been told Monday near midnight that he was being called up. At that time, the Rays' bullpen was in the process of picking up 10 innings during the 14-inning game and another fresh arm was needed.
It was thought Odorizzi would replace RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who left the game with elbow pain. But Farnsworth told team trainers Tuesday that the elbow was fine. He even played catch with RHP Jamey Wright before the game.
Cobb is expected to make Saturday's start.
Ramos to the rescue After throwing 45 pitches in three innings in Sunday's loss, LHP Cesar Ramos threw 44 pitches in three innings Monday.
“Playing catch (before the game) I felt pretty good,” Ramos said. “When you throw multiple innings, it's a flip of a coin if you're going to feel decent like I did (Monday) or like (garbage). Good thing Monday was one of those days where I felt and I was able to do what I did. If not, I probably would have been throwing gravity balls up there.”
Ramos became the first Ray to toss three innings in back-to-back games. The last major-leaguer to throw at least 40 pitches on consecutive days was D.J. Carrasco of the White Sox on June 7-8, 2009.
Price update LHP David Price's bullpen session Monday went so well that he will skip the third one and pitch a simulated game Thursday. If all goes well, Price could begin a minor-league rehab assignment early next week. Maddon said the goal is to have Price return in time to make four starts before the All-Star break.
Price-Hallion update Price and umpire Tom Hallion are in the same stadium this series for the first time since their infamous meeting April 28 in Chicago that cost each $1,000 in fines for comments (Hallion) and tweets (Price).
Price, who demanded an apology from Hallion after he said the umpire cursed him on the field, said he has not heard from Hallion.
Maddon, who said he spoke with Hallion and the rest of the umpire's crew after Monday's game, said that subject did not come up nor will he raise the topic with Hallion this week.
“Everything seems to be fine right now, leave it alone,” Maddon said.
Noteworthy At 5 hours, 24 minutes, Monday's game was the second longest in Rays history. The longest was a 5:44 game against the Red Sox on July 17, 2011. The teams combined to use 39 players, 20 by the Rays. There were a total of 486 pitches thrown. … CF Desmond Jennings moved back to the No. 1 spot in the order because the Rays faced a left-handed starter (Jon Lester) for the first time in 15 games. Maddon said the move is temporary. … LF Sean Rodriguez started for the first time since May 26. … The Rays signed RHP Roel Ramirez, their eighth-round pick, and assigned him to the GCL team.
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