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  • Alfredo Aceves in trouble, again

    ‘Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
    So shame on me now
    Flew me to places I'd never been
    'Til you put me down, oh
    I knew you were trouble when you walked in
    So shame on me now
    Flew me to places I'd never been
    Now I'm lying on the cold hard ground
    Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
    Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
    -- “I knew you were trouble” – Taylor Swift… clearly singing about Alfredo Aceves

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox righthander Alfredo Aceves caused a minor disturbance in camp on Sunday when he started to mail it in during live batting practice, lobbing meatballs to the plate in lieu of throwing the full arsenal of pitches to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jonny Gomes, and Mauro Gomez in the cage.

    Pitching coach Juan Nieves interrupted the hitting session and spoke to Aceves in Spanish about getting back to working from a full windup and taking the velocity up a notch from behind the L-screen on field No. 4.

    Red Sox manager John Farrell also happened to be on hand for the sloppy session and asked Aceves if he was OK while he watched the activity from the third base line.

    After the conversation with Nieves, Aceves was throwing the ball markedly harder as you can see in the video above.

    "The one thing I'll say is he didn't go through the drill as intended and we've addressed it," Farrell said after the workout. "He's healthy. With the designed effort level that every pitcher goes through, it was better the last few [pitches he threw]. And it's been discussed."

    It was the big story line on a fairly quiet day at camp and Farrell made it clear that the players need to follow the rules of the road under his stewardship this year.

    "There are 25 individuals on this team, but there are certain things that are going to be accepted," Farrell said. "If someone strays outside of that, that's my job to make it clear on what's expected."

    Aceves didn't seem rattled by the events of the day, saying he was happy with the work he put in when it was all said and done.

    Saltalamacchia didn’t really want to touch on the controversy when asked about it in the clubhouse.

    “I don’t want to get into that,” Salty said when pressed. “We’re all out here trying to get ready. Ace is a special pitcher, he’s got some of the best stuff in the big leagues and he’s got that light switch, he can turn it on and he knows his body and he knows where he needs to be so the last 12 pitches he was throwing real well.”

    Saltalamacchia went on to heap effusive praise on the contentious 30-year-old hard thrower from Mexico.

    “Just getting to know the guy over the past two years, there’s nobody who cares more about his teammates than him and you’ve got to be with him full time to see that,” Saltalamacchia said. "A lot of people see what goes on the outside, they don’t see what comes in the clubhouse and he’s a different player but we all are. He’s got the ability to slow the game down and the pitches are unbelievable. He can throw any pitch at any point. We’ve see it. He’s a special pitcher.”

    Outfielder Jonny Gomes had a little more fun with the situation.

    “I don’t know what he was doing, you’ve got to talk to him,” Gomes said jokingly when asked if maybe Aceves was just trying to make him feel more comfortable out there. “But, yeah, [I] got some good swings.”

    If Aceves was trying to build Gomes’ confidence, the new Red Sox left fielder said he appreciated it.

    Aceves is no stranger to controversy and erratic behavior.

    Last September, when Aceves was taken out of a game in the seventh inning, he left it to Saltalamacchia to hand the ball to former manager Bobby Valentine. Aceves left the mound from the third base side, clearly to avoid locking eyes with Valentine.

    On Sept. 1, Aceves got into a heated discussion with Dustin Pedroia in the dugout in Oakland after making a series of pickoff throws the second baseman wasn’t expecting. The two had to be separated.

    Last August, Aceves was suspended for three games for an incident that included slamming the door of Valentine’s office after an angry discussion regarding his not being used in a game.

    Now Farrell wants to start with a clean slate regardless of what transgressions took place under Valentine.

    “Start everybody fresh,” Farrell said of his philosophy with the 2013 squad. “What took place last year, I can’t speak to first-hand. I can get background on certain situations. I think it’s important that not only Alfredo but every other guy in our clubhouse, we build that relationship and earn that trust along the way. Still getting to know [his personality]. Just from across the field, he’s a heck of a competitor and a very talented pitcher. I’m starting to gain my own personal history with him right now. We had a part of that discussion today.”

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