Bobby Valentine irked by Yankees

Updated: March 23, 2012, 11:33 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- What could possibly be controversial about a 4-4 tie in spring training?

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine found something, objecting to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi's decision to tell the umpires his team did not want to play extra innings. Valentine, meanwhile, had instructed reliever Clayton Mortensen to warm up for the 10th.

"It was regretful that Mortensen warmed up and we were told we were not playing any extra innings," Valentine said. "I didn't think that was very courteous."

When a New York reporter told Valentine that Girardi said he wanted to preserve his pitching and the Yankees "had a long day tomorrow," Valentine wasn't buying it.

"They had plenty of pitching," Valentine said. "Probably too long of a ride."

The bus ride from Fort Myers to the Yankees' complex in Tampa takes between 2-2 ½ hours.

The Yankees' scheduled starter, David Phelps, had been scratched after his wife went into a labor. He was replaced by nonroster right-hander Adam Warren, the first of five pitchers Girardi used in the game.

He used three pitchers in the last two innings, when the Red Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the score, the tying run coming across on a suicide squeeze executed by outfielder Jason Repko.

Giradi had another pitcher, D.J. Mitchell, throw a side session in the eighth when the Yankees held a four-run lead. All he had left was a situational lefty, Mike O'Connor, and five extra pitchers called up from minor-league camp.

"I used a lot in the last two innings," Girardi said. "We've got a long day tomorrow too. We need pitching. I don't want to run out."

The Yankees have split-squad games Friday against the Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies.

"Well, usually [umpires] talk about it, if it's a tie game," Girardi said. "But they didn't. And I used all our pitching. I just said, 'That's it.' I looked at [umpire] Tim [Tschida], and I'm like, 'We don't have any more.' "

Mortensen had walked out to the mound to start the 10th when the Yankees began walking off, while many in the crowd of 9,595 booed.

"The umpire came over and said we couldn't play," Valentine said. "I don't care about not playing. Why do I have to warm up my pitcher who is trying to make the team, coming in a tie game against the Yankees and maybe help him make the team? Instead, he has to walk off the mound and take a shower. Not very courteous."

Valentine said typically a manager walks over and says he's out of pitching.

"Joe knows better than I," Valentine said. "I guess you just walk off the mound. I'm sure he didn't do anything deliberate. I have to answer to a pitcher trying to make the team."

Mortensen had pitched three times this spring, going six scoreless innings. But he was not on the list of pitchers scheduled to throw Thursday night. His prospects for making the team are a long shot at best.

Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com contributed to this report.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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