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Fredi Gonzalez Apologizes to Reporters, Says Retaliation Issue "Taken Care of Internally"

               BOSTON -- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez apologized to reporters for kicking them out of the clubhouse following Sunday's game in Toronto. Gonzalez also said he addressed the retaliation issue that prompted his tirade "with all parties involved."

               "I want to apologize for my tirade (Sunday)," Gonzalez told the reporters during his normal pre-game session with them. "I know you guys are trying to do your jobs and everything. I try to protect my team. I'm like a big bear with the baby cubs, I guess."

             Gonzalez became angry Sunday when asked to address remarks made by Hanley Ramirez, who complained that the Marlins didn't retaliate after he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Ramirez thought he was hit intentionally.

             The manager said he addressed the matter internally.

             "I have spoken to all parties involved, and that's it," Gonzalez said. "We took care of it internally, and that's it."

            Gonzalez refused to be more specific or answer further questions about the incident.

            Could it be possible that Josh Johnson tried to retaliate for the Ramirez plunking by taking aim at a Toronto Blue Jays batter -- only to miss? Whether he did or he didn't, nobody's saying..

            After Ramirez was struck by a Dirk Hayhurst pitch in the top of the sixth, Johnson's first pitch to Alex Rios in the bottom of the inning was thrown so far inside that it caused Rios to back out of the way to avoid being hit. Rios had homered in his previous at bat.

            Rios ended up grounding out in the at bat.

            Here's are tonight's lineups:

            Marlins: 1. Chris Coghlan, lf; 2. Ross Gload, 1b; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Jorge Cantu, DH; 5. Jeremy Hermida, rf; 6. Dan Uggla, 2b; 7. Cody Ross, cf; 8. John Baker, c; 9. Emilio Bonifacio: ON THE MOUND: RHP Chris Volstad.

            Red Sox: 1. Dustin Pedroia, 2b; 2. J.D. Drew, rf; 3. Kevin Youkilis, 1b: 4. Jason Bay, lf; 5. David Ortiz, dh; 6. Mike Lowell, 3b; 7. Jacoby Ellsbury, cf; 8. Nick Green, ss; 9. George Kottaras, c. ON THE MOUND: RHP Tim Wakefield.