Yoenis Cespedes showed off his powerful arm, then he had to leave.
The Red Sox have yet to get a hit through six innings here at Fenway Park, but Cespedes was able to flash some early defense to keep them close against the Angels.
Josh Hamilton put LA on top 1-0 in the first with an opposite-field RBI double, but Cespedes cut him down at the plate for his 13th outfield assist of the season, tying Jackie Bradley Jr. for the major league lead. While playing for the Athletics, Cespedes deflated the Angels twice in back-to-back games in June with terrific outfield throws, first nailing Howie Kendrick at the plate, then getting Albert Pujols at third base.
But at the end of the third inning, Cespedes left the game for what the team called “personal matter.” Red Sox manager John Farrell was seen tapping Cespedes on the shoulder telling him he had to leave the dugout.
Update: After the game, Farrell addressed the situation and said Cespedes was taken out of the game due to a "family medical emergency," but would not offer up any further details.
"[It's] a personal matter that he’s dealing with and we’re hopeful he would be back in the lineup tomorrow," Farrell said. "But that’s probably the most I can tell you right now.” Farrell said.
When pressed to confirm more details on the matter, Farrell said that might be communicated later.
“I think [there may be more information on why he left] at the appropriate time, if there are questions that Yoenis feels like he’s willing to answer," Farrell said. "I think at this point we probably need to respect his privacy."
Will Middlebrooks replaced Cespedes in the batting order and went to third base in the fourth inning. Brock Holt moved from third base to right field, and Daniel Nava moved from right to left.
Cespedes struck out swinging in his only at-bat in the first inning.