Varitek: 'Orioles can kiss my rear end'


Varitek: 'Orioles can kiss my rear end'

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox want to move on.

After a four-game series that included hit batters, a brawl, and eight ejections, the Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles went their separate ways on Sunday night and left Fenway Park.

The Sox hope the tension ensued over the weekend stays behind as well. That means all the questions of possible jealousy over them, too.

When asked about Orioles pitcher Kevin Greggs comments on Friday regarding the Red Sox payroll, Jason Varitek responded, We have some youth too, so they can literally kiss my rear end.

Following Friday nights brawl, in which Gregg scuffled with David Ortiz, Gregg referenced the Red Sox payroll when noting the differences between the two teams.

You get tired of going out there and getting your butt kicked when you come in here you have to stick up for what is ours, he said on Friday. I think we showed them we are not backing down. We are not scared of them and their 180 million dollar payroll. We're here to play the game, and we have every right to play the game and do everything we can to win.

According to ESPN, the Red Sox 2011 team salary is roughly 160 million, third in MLB, while the Orioles team salary is roughly 85 million.

The Sox are atop of the American League East standings at 54-35 while the O's are 17 games back with a record of 36-51.

While the Sox roster is stacked with star power, especially after signing players like Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford in the offseason, they have called up young prospects such as Josh Reddick, Yamaico Navarro, and Sundays starting pitcher Kyle Weiland, from Triple-A Pawtucket this season.

David Ortiz expanded on the topic. While he attributed Greggs comments to the heat of the moment, he doesnt think Gregg would mind playing in their situation either.

I dont think hes jealous. Its just the moment, he said of Gregg. Thats why I didnt want to talk to the media after Friday night's incident, because I dont want to be saying anything stupid. Everybodys fired up and when youre fired up, your reaction is pretty much not the right one. But I think it was all the momentum and I guess thats why he got caught into it. Im pretty sure he would love to play for a team like this, guaranteed.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter at!JCameratoNBA

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Robbie Ross Jr. is getting elbow checked out

Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr.'s tough 2017 has reached a potentially scary moment.

Expected to be the team's lead lefty out of the bullpen, Ross has twice been demoted and struggled in the majors. Now, he's on the disabled list at Triple-A Pawtucket with inflammation in his throwing elbow — a health situation that might explain why he wasn't pitching well in the big leagues.

The Red Sox expect to know more about Ross' situation later in the week.

Ross hasn't pitched in game for Pawtucket since he was most recently optioned. If the 27-year-old was indeed hurt in the majors, it's possible he could retroactivley wind up on the major league disabled list. Ross was demoted May 19, and is on the DL retroactive to May 25. 

Per, Ross sat at 93 mph with his fastball on May 12. He dropped down to 92 in the following appearance, and the next two outings were at 91 mph. He averaged 94 mph in 2016.

Ross had a 7.00 ERA in eight major league appearances this year, striking out nine and walking five in nine innings. He posted a 3.25 ERA in a 2016 season where he established himself as a key member of the 'pen.

Ross said he was shocked when he was demoted for the first time this year. 

Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox


Robinson Cano, Guillermo Heredia homer in Mariners' 5-0 win over Red Sox

BOSTON (AP)  Christian Bergman rebounded from a miserable start with seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners halted Boston's season-high six-game winning streak with a 5-0 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday.

Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer and Guillermo Heredia a solo shot for the Mariners, who averted a three-game sweep with just their second win in nine games. Seattle was shut out the first two games.

Bergman (2-2) allowed four hits, walked two and struck out two. He got a lot of help from his infielders when they turned a double play in each of the first four innings.

Three relievers completed the combined five-hitter, with closer Edwin Diaz getting the final three outs despite two errors by infielders.

Bergman was tagged for 14 hits and 10 runs over four innings in a loss his previous start.

Rick Porcello (3-6) gave up 11 hits, but only two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Seattle finished one off its club record for most double plays turned in a game.

After being shut out for the first 21 innings of the series, the Mariners moved ahead 1-0 in the fourth when Kyle Seager raced home from third after Porcello bounced a pitch that went over catcher Sandy Leon's right shoulder and onto the screen. Seager had doubled leading off and advanced on Danny Valencia's single.

Heredia homered over the Green Monster in the eighth and Cano sent his into the center-field bleachers an inning later.


Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, had another bullpen session Sunday because he wasn't happy with one a day earlier.

Red Sox: Manager John Farrell said 3B Pablo Sandoval, out since late April with a sprained right knee, will stay on his rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket to get his "timing going" with more at-bats.


Seattle sent Saturday's losing pitcher, RHP Rob Whalen, to Triple-A Tacoma and brought up RHP Ryne Harper from the same club.

The Red Sox also made moves with pitchers, sending Saturday's winner, lefty Brian Johnson, to Triple-A Pawtucket and promoting RHP Blaine Boyer for a day. Boyer will go back down Monday when ace David Price is activated.

Boyer made his Red Sox debut, retiring the only two batters he faced.


Mariners: RHP Sam Gaviglio (0-1, 1.38 ERA) is set to make his third major-league start when they open a two-game series Monday at Colorado. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-6, 4.50) is scheduled for the Rockies.

Red Sox: LHP Price makes his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox after being sidelined since early spring training with a strained left elbow.


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