The way the Boston Red Sox are going, it might not matter who takes the mound against them.
Sele will try to stop Boston’s seven-game win streak and help the Angels inch closer in the AL wild-card race when the playoff contenders continue a three-game series at Fenway Park.
With left-hander Jarrod Washburn due to return from the disabled list this weekend, Scioscia decided to move Ortiz into the Angels’ bullpen and leave Sele in the starting five for the stretch run toward the postseason.
Ortiz isn’t happy about the move.
“I don’t feel good, the way he used me this year in the organization,” Ortiz told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m a good pitcher. I won 16, 15 games every year, but this year, he don’t respect me.”
Ortiz beat out Sele for the fifth spot in the rotation during spring training, but lost the job after a dismal April. Sele flourished in the role, winning his first seven decisions before faltering earlier this month.
Both started regularly when Washburn went down with a rib cage injury in late July, but with Washburn expected back with the team Saturday, Scioscia had to choose between the two.
He may have based his decision solely on the last performance turned in by the two hurlers. Ortiz followed his best effort of the season—eight innings of four-hit ball against the New York Yankees in a 5-0 win on Aug. 20—by surrendering six runs and a season high-tying 12 hits over six innings in last Wednesday’s 21-6 rout of Kansas City.
Sele took the ball two days later and allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in a 9-6 win over Minnesota, boosting his record to 8-1.
“The rotation in a pennant race is something we look at very closely,” Scioscia said. “It doesn’t mean Ramon is not going to get any more starts.”
The Angels entered Fenway as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won 10 of 11. But Curt Schilling pitched into the eighth inning for his 17th win and Manny Ramirez belted a pair of homers as the Red Sox posted a 10-7 victory, moving 2 1/2 games in front of Anaheim for the wild card.
The Red Sox also cut the New York’s once-formidable lead in the AL East to 3 1/2 games with the Yankees losing 22-0 to Cleveland on Tuesday. Boston has trimmed seven games from its deficit since Aug. 15.
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