Notes: Ortiz looks back at brawl with Gregg


Notes: Ortiz looks back at brawl with Gregg

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON Before Saturdays game against the Orioles at Fenway Park, David Ortiz reflected on the brawl that ignited during his eighth-inning at-bat.

I dont feel proud of a situation like that, he said. But Im the kind of person that I dont like being pushed and I feel like I was pushed last night to do something like that.

The whole situation started, this is a guy Os reliever Kevin Gregg that I always faced and he never pitched in. So he throw a whole bunch of pitches inside and Im pretty sure he was trying to hit me. No question about that and after I hit the fly ball he started screaming at me. Im not going to take that . . . Everybodys a grown man here and youve got to be aware of the situation.

You saw the argument before and after that. You're going to act like you're my daddy or something like that. I ain't going to take that. Everybodys a grown man here and if you want to have respect, youve got to respect.

That aint me. I havent fight since I was in kindergarten. Thats not what the fans come to see. Thats not part of my personality. I dont like being caught in a situation like that. Everybody have a button that once it gets touched you change your mind in a second. I guess it was my time.

Ortiz joked that he probably lost that fight in kindergarten, and had a difficult time explaining the fight to his kids.

My kids had tons of questions for me last night, he said. Hey, why were you fighting? I dont want to be having that kind of conversation like that with my kids because Im not an aggressive person. Thats in the past and behind us. Another day today.

I didn't know what to tell them. But after all you look at the whole picture and its not what you really want to be involvedin. Fans come to enjoy the game, see how good you can play the game and thats about it.

Its over man. Everybodys fired up and the situation happened and Im the type of person that likes to turn the page. I dont like to keep throwing wood to the fire. Thats not how I play the game.

Asked if an incident like the brawl could bring a team together, Ortiz replied:

Every team should be like a team. Everybody got your back, you got everybodys back and thats how it is. I dont think a team needs a fight. It happens sometimes. When things like that go down a team can be better. In a certain way you want to do things the right way. Not everybody sees that in a positive way.

Manager Terry Francona said the team had not yet heard anything from the commissioners office regarding potential fines andor suspensions resulting from the brawl. Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were ejected, along with the Orioles Kevin Gregg and Jim Johnson.

I bet you we wont hear anything until after the All-Star break, he said. Its a nice time for the league. I dont think they want to be talking about what happened last night. I wouldnt be surprised if we didn't hear anything until then.

Several Sox players were watching as Derek Jeter became the 28th player with 3,000 hits, going 5-for-5. The historic hit came on a solo home run off Rays left-hander David Price in the third inning Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

I think, for me, for this season and this year, its one of the highpoints for major league baseball, said Jonathan Papelbon. I think its a bright part of the season.

I didnt realize he was the only Yankee to get 3000 hits, with all the great guys to come through, and even more to hit a home run. It was a surprise to me and how deep he hit it. Because usually for me hes a table setter and hes not known as a home run hitter. And he does such a good job at being a contact hitter. Im sitting in the training room and he hits a bomb that deep for his 3000th hit. Its pretty impressive.

For anyone, thats a fabulous feat, said Jason Varitek. To be a part of it and your generation of players, thats pretty neat.

Hes pretty much been a superstar since day one that Ive been playing against him. Hes carried himself that way. Hes played that way. Theres a reason hes got 3000 hits.

If you like baseball, hes a lot of whats good in baseball, said Francona. He respects the game, he plays the game right. It makes me proud for the way he goes about his business. Ive seen him since the Fall League when I think he was 19 years old. Hes still the same kid. A little different haircut but always plays the game right. He always treats people right and he tries to beat your brains out. Thats a good way to go about things.

Francona said Josh Beckett, who left Fridays game after the fifth inning with a mildly hyperextended left knee would play catch today, have a side session Sunday, and then be re-evaluated.

Not just for his start going forward with us but with the All-Star ramifications, Francona said. We dont want to hold up the league. They've got their hands full as it is. So hell go out tomorrow and throw a side. If hes OK, he's OK. And if he needs to hold off, then well do that also. We certainly respect the All-Star stuff but we also have an obligation to our team. He understands that. Hell be honest about it.

The Sox have won five straight and nine of their last 10. They have also won five straight against the Os, with at least 10 hits in all five games. In the first three games of the four-game series the Sox have 18 extra-base hits.

Youkilis was added to the American League All-Star roster after Alex Rodriguez withdrew because of a knee injury. This is Youkilis third All-Star berth.

It's a great thing," Youkilis said. "I'm excited to represent the American League and the Boston Red Sox. Hopefully we can come out on top in that game because that might mean a really big thing for us down the road. It will be fun to go out there and enjoy it with my teammates."

Youkilis went 3-for-4, with a run scored and two RBI against the Os Saturday night, extending his on-base streak to 21 games. He is hitting .347, going 26-for-75 in that stretch.

Dustin Pedroia went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 11 games and his on-base streak to 23 games.

Jacoby Ellsbury had a single, double, and triple in his first three at-bats before grounding out to first baseman Derrek Lee in his fourth at-bat, missing a natural cycle. He went 3-for-4, raising his average to .314.

The intentional walks to Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz in the fifth were the first time the Sox have received multiple intentional walks in the same inning since July 11, 2009, in the seventh inning against the Royals when Mark Kotsay and Jacoby Ellsbury each received one.

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Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.


Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.


Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"


It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.


Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."


Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.