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.

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Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched


Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.