MLB NOTEBOOK
March 11, 2014 10:30 AM

The lineup flap between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins seems to have simmered down.

The Marlins were upset last week when the World Series champion Red Sox sent a team full of minor leaguers to an exhibition game in Jupiter on Thursday.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was the only Boston regular who made the 2οΎ½-hour trip across the state. Road teams are supposed to have at least four top-tier players in the lineup.

The Marlins had raised ticket prices for the game, which was scoreless when it was stopped early because of rain.

The Marlins complained to Major League Baseball.

The Red Sox were disciplined by MLB — a fine is usually the penalty.

Boston general manager Ben Cherington apologized to the Marlins for the watered-down lineup.

Over the weekend, Red Sox owner John Henry sent a tweet that read: “They should apologize for their regular season lineup.”

 

FOX HIRES SMOLTZ: Former pitcher John Smoltz will work as an analyst for Fox’s Major League Baseball telecasts.

Smoltz will be paired with broadcaster Matt Vasgersian on Fox and Fox Sports 1, the networks said Monday.

They join a group that includes Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Erin Andrews, Ken Rosenthal, Kenny Albert and Thom Brennaman.

An eight-time All-Star and the 1996 NL Cy Young Award winner, Smoltz will continue to work for the MLB Network.

 

ARIZONA SIGNS PEREZ: The Arizona Diamondbacks have confirmed signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a two-year contract.

The $4.25 million deal had been reported late last week and Perez was in uniform at the team’s spring training facility in Scottsdale on Sunday. But the signing wasn’t announced by the club until late Monday.

The 32-year-old pitcher was 3-3 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA in a career-high 61 appearances with the Seattle Mariners last season. Perez has pitched parts of 11 major league seasons with San Diego, Pittsburgh, the New York Mets and, for the last two seasons, Seattle. He is 62-75 with a 4.53 ERA in his career, which includes 195 starts.

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