Red Sox GM apologizes to Marlins over lack of star power

Red Sox GM Cherington reportedly issued a mea culpa. 

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We finally have some spring training drama.

The Marlins were not happy with the Red Sox after the defending champs sent a bunch of no-name players to their away game in Jupiter, Fla., on Thursday.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel had the details:

The Marlins had no comment, but a source said team executives were "outraged" and planned to contact the league office. A league spokesperson said the matter would be reviewed.

Major League Baseball has specific guidelines about Grapefruit and Cactus League lineups. Its 2014 regulations state teams should field: "A minimum of four players who are regulars on the previous year’s major league team or who were platooned on the previous year’s major league team on a regular basis, or who have a reasonable chance to be regulars on the major league club’s squad during the upcoming season. Each of those regulars, excluding pitchers, must play a minimum of three complete innings."

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has since reached out to the Marlins and apologized, according to The Palm Beach Post:

Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill received an e-mail from Red Sox GM Ben Cherington during their game on Thursday apologizing for Boston’€™s predominantly minor league lineup.

Cherington said "they had some injuries and were working on some things," Hill said. "He apologized. So I don’t know if that meant he got a call from the league or what."

By the way, the Sox-Marlins game ended in a 0-0 tie. Here’s the box score — good luck finding any big names on Boston’s side:

Now we just have to wait for the Marlins to apologize to their fans for fielding such a bad team.