Warning shot

Because of the history involved between Boston’s Brendan Donnelly and Seattle’s Jose Guillen, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the team was warned by Major League Baseball, once in spring training and again before today’s game.

The message: “No shenanigans,” Francona said.

Oh, well. They tried. Benches cleared after Donnelly stuck out Guillen, and the two started to shout at each other across the field. Guillen was immediately ejected; Donnelly a few pitches later when he plunked Kenji Johjima.

“We told him to let it go,” said Francona, who classified the Johjima incident as a matter of “horrendous timing.”

  • Francona said Beckett, who pitched seven innings, could have gone longer, but he wanted to get Mike Timlin work, as well as Donnelly, which turned out to be a lost cause. Beckett allowed just two hits today, and was every bit the contrast that Mariners starter Jeff Weaver was for Seattle.

    “He was very impressive,” Francona said after today’s 14-3 win. “It’s obviously nice to get runs, but I thought he stayed with his gameplan.”

    Meanwhile, Weaver was terrible, allowing seven runs on seven hits over just two innings of work. Remember though, the Mariners hadn’t played since last Wednesday, stuck in Cleveland where an entire four-game set was postponed due to snow over the weekend. And they certainly played like the layover affected them greatly.

    “It couldn’t have helped,” Francona said. “We had an advantage today, and we took advantage of it. I hope we can do it for a couple more days.”

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