CLEVELAND — According to a league source, Tampa Bay lefthander David Price was fined an undisclosed amount for his role in hitting two Red Sox batters last Friday night at Fenway Park, in a game in which four on-field Boston personnel were ejected.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced a six-game suspension for Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman, but no penalties for Price.
David Ortiz, in particular, was upset that only Workman was punished for throwing behind the head of Evan Longoria in the sixth inning while Price plunked both Ortiz in the first inning and then — after warnings had been issued — Mike Carp in the fourth inning.
Red Sox manager John Farrell, bench coach Torey Lovullo, and third base coach Brian Butterfield also were ejected, though none were subsequently fined.
But the umpires and Major League Baseball believe that Price played a role in what happened. It wasn’t a suspension, but acknowledgement that he at least hit Ortiz on purpose.Nick Cafardo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @nickcafardo.