The campaign trail is heating up, but for reasons you probably wouldn't guess.
Kevin Youkilis seems to be at the heart of Mitt Romney's latest campaign issue. President Barack Obama, a White Sox fan, thanked Boston fans for their "gift" of Youkilis last night and did not get the reaction he was looking for.
The sentiment from the crowd seemed to be "too soon." Mitt Romney appears to agree.
Romney's campaign has said in a statement that Obama went to the heart of Red Sox nation and committed an error. It added Obama chose to mock them for trading away one of its favorite players at a time when the team is struggling.
From Hardball Talk:
Im sorry, but if you cant mock Red Sox fans, whats the point of living anymore?Of course, Obamas press secretary isnt helping. Hes claiming the crowd wasnt booing, it was just saying Yoooouuuk!
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi left Wednesday's game with a knee sprain and will be further evaluated Thursday.
Benintendi was on second base in the seventh inning, with teammate Travis Shaw on third. The Tampa Rays pulled the infield in, and with no out, Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to short.
Initially, Benintendi was intent on getting to third, but with the infield in, Shaw didn't break from third. That forced Benintendi to head back to second. Tampa shortstop Matt Duffy chased him back to the bag and tagged him out. As he attempted elude the tag, Benintendi's left leg buckled underneath him.
He fell to the ground and got up very gingerly. Benintendi was helped off the field by two members of the training staff, unable to put any weight on the left leg.
Only two nights earlier, Benintendi had made one of the best catches of the season when he leaped above the wall in left to prevent a two-run homer by Rays outfielder Steve Souza Jr.
Benintendi was 1-for-3 with a double Wednesday and is hitting .324 after being promoted from Double A to the big leagues three weeks ago.
Bob Neumeier explains why he thinks Clay Buchholz will ultimately end up being key for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch even if it is just a bullpen role.
With news of Pablo Sandoval losing weight, Greg Dickerson and Bob Neumeier debate whether Pablo Sandoval will be the next John Lackey or Carl Crawford.