The Red Sox arrived in Toronto Sunday night and had Monday off. Jonny Gomes, Dustin Pedroia, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia went to see the Athletics-Blue Jays day game at Rogers Centre and sat right behind home plate.
The trio sat only a few seats away from Geddy Lee, the lead singer of Rush and a big Blue Jays fan.
Gomes played for Oakland last season and the Athletics have several players who came up through the Red Sox organization.
Brandon Moss, a former Sox prospect, said he made “inappropriate gestures” at the Sox players.
“In all honesty — who has an off day in Toronto and comes to a baseball game? I feel like that’s a cry for attention,” Moss jokingly told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Josh Reddick told the Chronicle that Pedroia was chattering throughout.
“They said to hit a homer and I said I didn’t know if I could any more because I’d already hit five [in recent days],” Reddick said. “My next at-bat, Saltalamacchia said, ‘We came here to see you hit, we don’t want to see you walk,’ and I lined out and just threw my hands up. They must have been pretty bored to come to a ballpark on their off day.”
The Athletics won the game, 5-1.
The Blue Jays changed their rotation for the three-game series against the Red Sox that starts on Tuesday.
Lefthander J.A. Happ, scheduled to pitch Tuesday, started Monday and pitched seven innings. He then left the team to attend his grandfather’s funeral. The Jays will call up righthander Todd Redmond from Triple A Buffalo to start on Tuesday. Redmond is 1-1 with a 4.22 earned run average in eight appearances this season.
Struggling Josh Johnson was pushed back to Wednesday. He has been dealing with stiffness in his forearm. Mark Buehrle, as originally scheduled, will start on Thursday.
Surgery for Kalish
Outfielder Ryan Kalish will undergo cervical fusion surgery in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Kalish, 25, has spent the entire season on the disabled list recovering from January surgery on his right shoulder. He had surgery on his left shoulder and neck in 2011. This latest surgery is not considered career-threatening. But four major surgeries over 23 months add further doubt to whether Kalish will fulfill what was once considered vast potential . . . The Red Sox promoted shortstop Deven Marrero to Double A Portland. A first-round pick in 2012, Marrero hit a modest .256 with a .676 OPS at High Single A Salem. But he stole 21 bases in 23 attempts and played high-level defense . . . Backup catcher David Ross will continue his injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Ross is on the 60-day disabled list recovering from a concussion . . . The Globe reported on Saturday that closer Koji Uehara is one appearance away from his contract option for 2014 vesting. WEEI.com has since reported that the deal would be worth $4.25 million. If Uehara finishes 35 games, it would be worth $5 million. Uehara has finished 23 games this year with 42 left to play. He has 12 saves and a 1.35 ERA.
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