Saltalamacchia savors first walk-off homer


Saltalamacchia savors first walk-off homer

BOSTON -- It's a feeling that Jarrod Saltalamacchia will never forget.

Bottom of the ninth, down one run, and pinch-hitting for Marlon Byrd. The tying run was on second, with one out. And it was an 0-1 count against a closer in Fernando Rodney who hadn't blown a save or allowed a home run all season.

So what did Saltalamacchia do? He jacked a 96-mph fastball over the Red Sox bullpen for a two-run walk-off home run, just 24 hours after he prevented Luke Scott from charging the mound.

On Friday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox' and Tampa Bay Rays' dugouts and bullpens emptied after Franklin Morales hit Scott with a pitch, causing a pile of players surrounding home plate.

That pile was somewhat different on Saturday night, as Red Sox players embraced the game's hero.

"It was funny," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine after his team's dramatic 3-2 win on Saturday night, "I looked at Tim Bogar when the inning started and I said, 'We haven't had a walk-off all year.' And he said, 'It's a great day for it, let's do it.' And Salty did.

"It really looked great," added Valentine. "We saw that scene before, just, this was a happy scene. And last night might have brought them together, and maybe we'll have that reunion a few times at home plate this year."

It marked Saltalamacchia's first-career walk-off home run. He's also the first Red Sox pinch-hitter to hit a walk-off home run since Wes Chamberlain in 1995.

"I was just looking for a fastball," said Saltalamacchia, who has three homers and six RBI in his last six games. "I was able to get a fastball down the middle of the plate and do something with it.

"Tonight was awesome. I met the shredder for the first time. It was just great. We've been working so hard, and this team's so close, that it was just an awesome feeling to come into home plate with those guys just pumped up."

Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory


Red Sox take weekend series against Cubs with 6-2 victory

BOSTON - Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning, helping the Red Sox beat the sloppy Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night.

The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and the Red Sox got two more runs on shortstop Addison Russell's throwing error in the eighth.

Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. The Cubs closed a nine-game road trip at 5-4.

Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer


Taiwanese broadcaster had shocking call for Manny Ramirez's homer

A Taiwanese announcer's call outshined Hanley Ramirez's homer.

In a video that made rounds on the internet Sunday, the Taiwanese broadcaster delivered a laughable response to Ramirez's homer.

"This ball is long gone! Just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return! Home run!" the man yelled.

The hit took place a few years ago when he was in the Taiwanese league. He is now playing in Japan. But frankly, he many never have another home run as epic as that one. And he certainly won't get a call as epic as that one.

Watch the video in the tweet below.