Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer stands by criticism of David Ortiz
Rays pitcher, talking about Ortiz’s home-run trot, says “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat.”
The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz.
A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi’s style.
“I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said Monday. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished.”
“I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That’s just who he is,” he said,
After the Rays’ 3-2 loss, Archer reiterated remarks made earlier this year by teammate David Price that the Boston slugger thinks he is bigger than the game.
“Do I regret saying the truth? No,” Archer said. “Agitated is not right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”
Meanwhile, the Rays have reinstated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard, the former Mariner, for assignment.
Bedard made only one one-inning appearance since right-hander Jeremy Hellickson first rejoined the rotation July 8.
The Rays have 10 days to trade, release or pass him through waivers. Bedard was 4-6, with a 4.95 earned-run average in 15 starts and of little use in relief.
Lane impresses in first start
ATLANTA — At an age when most players are thinking retirement, Jason Lane is trying to get started on a new career.
He might be on to something.
The 37-year-old former outfielder threw six scoreless innings in his first major-league start as a pitcher before surrendering a homer to Evan Gattis that carried the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.
“The Padres gave me this opportunity,” said Lane, who allowed six hits, struck out two and didn’t walk anyone before he was lifted with no outs in the seventh. “Beyond that, I’m not sure what the situation will be. But I’ll be ready to go.”
Lane (0-1) kept the Braves off-balance with a variety of fastballs in the mid-80s. But when he hung an 0-1 slider, Gattis drove it into the left-field seats for his 17th homer of the season.
“It’s a little frustrating to make a mistake like that,” Lane said. “There’s not a lot of room for error. And it cost me.”
A journeyman outfielder with Houston and the Padres from 2002-07, Lane homered in the 2005 World Series for the Astros. He became a full-time pitcher before the 2012 season.
Lane threw 41/3 scoreless innings for San Diego in two June relief appearances, and was recalled from Class AAA to start in place of ailing Ian Kennedy.
• The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major-league season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 runs batted in in 72 games this season.
The last-place Cubs sent Barney and cash to NL West-leading Los Angeles for a player to be named.
• The Oakland Athletics have put outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right hand and promoted outfielder Billy Burns from Class AA Midland.