This tradition of retaliatory beanballs needs to end

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BOSTON -- It'd be a lot easier for everybody if someone jotted the unwritten rules on paper, because the players don't seem to be on the same page.

After Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by Edward Mujica on Sunday night in what appeared to be retaliation for Hanley Ramirez getting drilled earlier in the game by Adam Warren, Ellsbury spoke about the incident in an interview on the field, and right away, you got the sense that he was almost embarrassed for the Red Sox -- friends of his, some of them former colleagues -- because of how this played out.

Ellsbury is a private person who mostly keeps his feelings to himself, but in talking with reporters, he didn't hide the fact that he wasn't happy.