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Red Sox owner John Henry zings Marlins

JUPITER -- The flap over the extraordinarily thin spring training lineup the Boston Red Sox sent to Jupiter on Thursday is not dying. Not by a mile.

On Saturday, Red Sox owner John Henry fired out this tweet, which is certain to stir things up further:

"They should apologize for their regular season lineup."


The Marlins cannot be amused by the latest salvo in the controversy. So far, they're not commenting. But given the growing animosity between the two franchises, it's hard to imagine they'll remain quiet on this. And, given the level to which the spat has now escalated -- team ownership, for crying out loud -- it would not be surprising to see the league become involved.

The Marlins were not pleased when the World Series champs sent over only one regular -- center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. -- for Thursday's Grapefruit League game. And, according to Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, Red Sox G.M. Ben Cherington emailed him an apology that day.

Based on Henry's tweet, which takes a shot at the Marlins, it's not a dead issue.

Stay tuned.

Henry, of course, gave up ownership of the Marlins in 2001, allowing Jeffrey Loria to take over. This isn't the first time Henry has grumbled about Marlins-related issues. He has complained about the lack of spending by low-revenue teams at the expense of the big boys.