FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Even in Spring Training, the pairing of managers with sharp tongues and sharp wits can create a hoopla, if not make a mess.
An ejection for Marlins skipper Ozzie Guillen and a subsequent goodbye wave from Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine left the former with choice words for the latter following a 5-3, 10-inning win for Boston at JetBlue Park on Monday afternoon.
Guillen, no stranger to getting tossed, was ejected in the top of the sixth inning because of a Tim Timmons foul call with first baseman Terry Tiffee at the plate and one out. It was the first ejection for the mercurial Guillen since putting on a Marlins uniform, although not his first in Spring Training, he said.
As Guillen crossed the field to the visitors' clubhouse, which requires a walk in front of the third-base side home dugout and right in front of Valentine, the Sox's skipper gave a wave.
Guillen said afterward he did not see it, and his reaction may not have been tame if he had.
Valentine, who has not been ejected yet since joining the Red Sox, indicated after the game that he believes ejections in Spring Training are best avoided.
"I certainly hope not. Probably," Valentine said when asked if he had ever been ejected during a Spring Training contest. "Ozzie was telling the first-base umpire it wasn't his call, because the ball was in front of the bag, and he didn't want to hear that."
Asked if he said anything to Guillen, Valentine's response said his only words were, "See ya."
Guillen leaned on the notion that his players needed to be protected, whether the games count or not.
"Little excitement, set the tone. Protecting my players," Guillen said. "That's it. My first-base coach told me the ball was fair, I'm going to believe him.
"What's the difference between Spring Training and during the season? I do my job, the umpires have to do their job, the players have to do their job. My job is to protect the players. I don't see this game as different than others."
Valentine was also asked about Guillen's ejection during his in-game interview with ESPN, and reportedly Valentine joked he was waving goodbye to Guillen because the two had not had a chance to say hello before the game.
Tiffee was a late addition to Monday's lineup because of Greg Dobbs' bothersome left hamstring. When Tiffee batted in the sixth against Andrew Bailey, the Marlins trailed 3-2, and there were two runners in scoring position. A fair call likely would have allowed Miami to tie the game at 3. Tiffee hit into a fielder's-choice groundout and the Marlins did not score in the inning.
"I don't mind that in a manager, he's got your back," Tiffee said. "That's about it."
Said Guillen: "I get ejected protecting my players, I can sleep at night."
Valentine was reportedly a candidate to become the Marlins' manager twice, in 2010 and again during the most recent go-round in '11, when Guillen was hired.
X-rays negative on Stanton's left wrist
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton's X-rays came back negative after the Marlins outfielder was hit on the left wrist with a fastball Sunday.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said the team is going to take a no-rush approach and give Stanton some time off.
"He's going to be sore for the next couple of days," Guillen said. "I always worry about people getting hit there."
Right-hander Chris Schwinden delivered the pitch in the third inning of the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Mets, in a game called after five innings due to rain. Said Stanton on his Twitter account Sunday: "All is good, Ready to go! No worries my people."
Logan Morrison, one of Stanton's outfield mates, will not play on Tuesday, as he continues to deal with right knee soreness. Monday is the first day Morrison will test his legs, Guillen said.
"Lomo [at one point] was supposed to play tomorrow, but Lomo hasn't had any running yet," Guillen said. "I don't think he should, because today is when he tests his legs for the first time. ... That's a reason I think we should give him another day to see how he's doing."
Ross excited Marlins have brand-new ballpark
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross can call a new Florida ballpark home this spring, but not the one he probably always envisioned.
Ross, who spent a majority of his big league career with the Marlins, went 1-for-3 as Boston's starting left fielder in a 5-3, 10-inning win over Miami at JetBlue Park, the Sox's new state-of-the-art spring home.
Soon enough, Marlins Park will open its doors about two-and-a-half hours away in Miami -- a stadium Ross saw in its earliest days.
"I look it up online a lot and just check it out, see the progress of it, because I got to see it when it was nothing, when they were just barely digging the hole and starting the construction early," said Ross, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal this offseason with Boston. "I'm looking to get back there and see what they did. I heard it's amazing. Just talking to some of the guys about it, they said it's spectacular. [I'm] really looking forward to going and checking it out and playing in it."
The Red Sox visit the Marlins' new park for an Interleague series from June 11-13. Miami also heads north to play the Sox at Fenway Park from June 19-21.
Ross, 31, was with the Marlins from May 26, 2006, to Aug. 22, 2010, playing five seasons and 573 games in a very different era of Miami baseball. By the time Ross got to the Marlins, he had already played for three big league teams, but none of them for more than 14 games. It was in Florida that he got his first real chance.
"I basically owe my career to the Marlins, for them giving me the chance to go and play and establish myself," Ross said. "A lot of us were in that same boat -- obviously -- back in 2006 and '07. What a great place to come in as a young kid."
Ross made a fine catch running onto the warning track to rob Chris Coghlan in the fourth inning Monday, and Ross could well see ample time in Boston's lineup in the early going of the season with Carl Crawford out because of a left wrist injury. To Ross, who was on the other side of 30 when he last wore a Marlins uniform, time's moving a little too quickly. But even though he's moved on, he enjoys seeing the growth of his old club.
"You look at the [Marlins] roster and there's only a handful of guys on that team that are still there," Ross said. "You look at the uniform and the stadium, it's just like, it's all just going by too fast it seems like. Thinking about 2006 when I got there on my first day ... it was a millions degrees it felt like outside. I felt like I was going to die and there was nobody in the stands. Now it's going to be the total opposite. It's going to be air conditioned, the stands are going to be packed and the place is going to be rowdy. And you know I'm excited for them to be able to get a chance to play in front of a lot of people like that on a daily basis."
Dobbs still out of lineup due to hamstring
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Greg Dobbs' left hamstring continues to bother him, and he did not travel for Monday's game against the Red Sox on the west coast of Florida.
"Dobby, he could've played today, but he's not going to give me 100 percent," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "[It's] good enough to be out on the field. He said, 'I can play, I can run,' but he's not going to run the way he should be running. ... Why are we going to waste our time after missing a couple days, go back and miss three more days and I've got to get him a couple more days to be what he's supposed to be?"
Dobbs first felt tightness in the hamstring Wednesday in an exhibition against Florida International University. Dobbs, who is 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles in two games, hasn't played in a Grapefruit League game since last Tuesday.
Guillen said Dobbs told him his leg was about 60 percent.