Jonny Gomes, David Ross and the rest of the Boston Red Sox reminded Yunel Escobar and the Tampa Bay Rays of one of Major League Baseball's unwritten rules Sunday afternoon: Don't try to steal a base when the opposing team thinks your lead is big enough. It's rubbing it in, which we don't do. Got that?
The Red Sox gave Escobar an earful after he took third base with a five-run lead in the seventh inning, prompting a benches-clearing argument with the Rays after which three players were ejected. Regardless of the yelling and shoving, no actual punches were thrown in Tampa Bay's 8-5 victory, which also was Boston's 10th straight loss.
The Athletics have acquired ace pitcher Jon Lester from the Red Sox in a deal that will send
slugger Yoenis Cespedes to Boston, a source told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes.
Oakland also will receive outfielder Jonny Gomes in the deal, according to the source.