Ortiz: 'I like to be the underdog'

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Ortiz: 'I like to be the underdog'

We're used to hearing the Red Sox put spin on things.

"Run prevention" ring a bell?

What about anything ownership has ever said about the team?

Well, now they're pushing the underdog card, and it looks like David Ortiz is buying into it as well.

"I like it because, one, that's motivation," Ortiz said to Jessica Moran and Sean McAdam on CSNNE's The Baseball Show. "And No. 2, you're pretty much under the radar. You slowly start digging and digging, and the next thing you know you're in the playoffs. So I like to be the underdog."

But it won't be easy to make the playoffs with some teams getting a lot better over the offseason, including the Toronto Blue Jays, or as Ortiz called them, the "Dominican Blue Jays", after a number of offseason acquisitions including Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera.

The Sox may be underdogs, but the Jays aren't, and Ortiz has a bit of advice for them now that the spotlight is on them.

Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Red Sox salvage finale of series with 6-2 win over Orioles

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

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Barnes ejected for throwing pitch behind Machado's head

A Red Sox pitcher was ejected after a foul ball on Sunday afternoon, and a dangerous one.

Reliever Matt Barnes threw behind the Orioles’ Manny Machado in the bottom of the eighth inning at Camden Yards in a bad place — way too close to the head.

The pitch was an assumed attempt at retribution after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia with a slide on Friday, and it got Barnes ejected.

Oddly enough, it was a foul ball. Machado was holding his bat with just his right hand as he moved his head out of the way, in the direction of first base.

The ball hit the bat and then bounced off Machado’s back in as strange a sequence as you’ll find.

As everything was sorted out, Machado and Pedroia were shown on the telecast talking to each other. Machado pointed toward his own head, indicating his displeasure at where the pitch was located.

“Hey," Pedroia said, before he whistled to get Machado's attention.

“It’s not me," Pedroia said in an exchange caught on camera. "If it was me, we would have hit you the first day. Now, it’s not me"

 

Joe Kelly came on and gave up a first-pitch double to Machado on a hanging breaking ball that was drilled to center.