Running up score flap? No smoke, no fire

BOSTON -- One line of questioning to Rays manager Joe Maddon after Friday's 12-2 Red Sox win suggested that the Sox had run up the score on Tampa Bay in the team's four-run eighth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury stole second and Shane Victorino went first to third on a hit-and-run single by Dustin Pedroia. Maddon didn't buy into that argument at the time.

"That's their prerogative," he said. "I've never been one to use that term 'embarrassed.' If we are, it's our fault. You look for the same opportunities, for them to arise, for you to do the same thing in return, if you can.

"But I don't play that game. I don't believe in that stuff. I know that's something that was written, I think, in 19 aught eight, and it's supposed to be adhered to the rest of your life. And part of it is, it is a different game, especially in this ballpark. Back in the day it took six or seven or eight singles in a row to score three or four runs. There were no homers. Today's ballgame there's a lot more homers and you've got the ability to score quickly in this ballpark. So I'm not of that ilk."

Pushed further on the issue, Maddon didn't waver.

"The old-school rules that were written when singles were the norm and homers were not there's a lot of the game that people get upset about, and part of it is the phrase that 'They are trying to embarrass us.' If they did, that was our fault. Entirely our fault. If you get embarrassed in the game, I blame it on me, us. The accountability lies with the Rays, not the Red Sox doing their job. The object of the game is to score runs, and that's what they were doing.

"Again, I think a lot of those old-school rules that were written were written based on the type of offense that was played back in the day. And I don't necessarily agree with all of them."

Sox manager John Farrell was asked Saturday while meeting in his office with beat reporters whether he sensed the Rays took any offense.

"I heard about [Maddon's comments]," he said. "I don't know, when they're holding our runners on late, or picking off -- pickoff attempts -- that's an indication to us, play it out."