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Thursday, 18 June 2015 22:05

Pablo Sandoval Benched For Liking Photos On Instagram

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Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will not be in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Braves after being benched for violating the league's social media policy on Wednesday night.

Sandoval admitted to using his cellphone during the seventh inning of Wednesday's 5-2 loss to like two photographs from a woman that appeared on his Instagram account.

Jared Carrabis, who works for the website Barstool Sports covering the Red Sox, noticed the activity during the game and tweeted the news to his followers on Twitter.  Local media outlets, including both prominent sports radio channels (98.5 The Sports Hub and WEEI), started mentioning the story following the game, which led to the disciplinary action prior to Thursday's game.

Sandoval went to the restroom during the top of the seventh inning, while his teammates were at bat.  He took his cellphone with him, and was caught liking two photos of a female that was on the feed of his Instagram page.

Sandoval met with both general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell earlier on Thursday to discuss the incident, and admitted to making a mistake.  He apologized and was not fined, but removed from the starting lineup.  Travis Shaw, who was recently recalled from Pawtucket, will play third base and bat seventh in the Red Sox lineup.

"This is a thing that I pushed the button at the wrong time," said Sandoval to reporters Thursday.  "I hit a 'like'.  I was in the bathroom; I pushed it at the wrong time."

"I know I f--- up.  I made a mistake, I learned from that.  I'm a human being, I made a mistake, so I apologize to my teammates, to the team, to the organization, the fans support."

"It was the first time, so I take the mistake and learn from that.  I move forward to try not to do it anymore.  It's one thing I let my teammates down.  Ain't going to happen no more, so I learned from that."

"I take the punishment.  When you grow up, you learn from a lot of things.  You grow up every single day in your life.  You learn from that.  It's their decision to make.  I broke the team rules.  I should be punished."

Sandoval had been swinging a hot bat during his last seven games, batting .464 after going through an 18-game stretch hitting just .148 with one extra-base hit.  The Red Sox have struggled mightily recently, dropping eight of their last nine games to enter Thursday's game a season-low 11 games under .500 and nine games out of first place in the AL East.

The benching, and public admittance to the rules violation, comes at a time when many believe that Farrell has lost the clubhouse.  Pitcher Wade Miley confronted the Red Sox manager in the dugout during a game last week, engaging in an argument over being removed from a start.  Miley was not punished for the incident, with Farrell initially chalking it up to frustration and competitiveness before stating it was unacceptable a day later.  Sandoval's poor judgment on Wednesday night, along with Miley's incident, has brought even more angst to a wildly underperforming and disappointing squad, can could be the final straw for Farrell to be removed from the job as manager.

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Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.