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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McAdam: Poor homestand puts Red Sox on tough road

McAdam: Poor homestand puts Red Sox on tough road

The Red Sox had their chance.

They could have beefed up during the just-completed homestand and taken advantage of the worst team in the American League (Minnesota) and another that was only three games over .500 when it came to town (Detroit).

Instead, the Red Sox were just 2-5 in the last seven games at Fenway, losing ground in the standings to the Orioles and Blue Jays rather than making the race tighter.

That's not to suggest the Red Sox played their way out of contention in the last week. There are better than two months remaining in the season and the schedule isn't yet two-thirds complete.

Moreover, there is no dominant team in the East, and, thus, no one capable of pulling away and leaving the rest of the teams in their wake.

Baltimore and Toronto are flawed, too, as the first 100 or so games of the season have demonstrated.

But what the disappointing homestand means is this: Because they didn't win as much as they should at Fenway in the last week, the Sox will have to make up for that on the road.

As has been talked about ad nauseum in the last week, the schedule is about to become more demanding for the Red Sox. It's bad enough that they're in the middle of a stretch that will see them enjoy one (1) day off in the span of 44 days. Making matters worse is that 41 of the final 63 games are away from home -- including the next 11.

Put another way: The Red Sox have not yet had a three-city road trip this season, but all four of their remaining trips are of the three-city variety, including two that include travel to the West Coast.

The Red Sox have played fairly well on the road (21-19) -- they're one of just four teams in the American League with a winning road record -- but the simple fact remains: It's harder to win on the road than it is at home. And that's before you take into consideration the toll that lengthy road trips can take.

Of the next three road opponents, one has a losing record, and another is just two games over .500. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers, next weekend's interleauge road opponent, are playoff contenders from among that group.

Then again, the Red Sox thought they could roll over the Twins last weekend and came away with a four-game split, so it's difficult to handicap these things.

It should help, too, that the Red Sox are getting healthier.

Junichi Tazawa returned this week, and Craig Kimbrel could be back as early as Monday in Seattle. Chris Young and Josh Rutledge could rejoin them before they head out on their next road swing in mid-August.

With all the talk of the daunting schedule and demanding travel ahead, Dustin Pedroia was having none of it.

"We can play just as well on the road as we have at home,'' said Pedroia. "That stuff (the schedule) is irrelevant.''

Maybe. But one way or another, we're about to find out.

Source: Sox seek smaller pieces, not big names, at trade deadline

Source: Sox seek smaller pieces, not big names, at trade deadline

BOSTON -- According to an N.L. talent evaluator who is familiar with some of the Red Sox ongoing talks with teams leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Sox seem focused on adding a bullpen piece and/or back-end starters.

The need for the former is rather obvious, given the current injuries to Criag Kimbrel and Koji Uehara. The Sox can use some upgrades and another experienced arm to guide them through the final two months.

As for the rotation, it's not a surprise that the Sox aren't serious bidders for more glamorous names like Chris Sale, since that would require them to gut their farm system.

But the team's starter depth is perilous, with only Clay Buchholz in reserve. It makes perfect sense that the Sox would be seeking someone else to help provide them with insurance against further injuries or under-performance.

Will Red Sox' recent poor homestand come back to haunt them?

Will Red Sox' recent poor homestand come back to haunt them?

Lou Merloni joins Early Edition to discuss whether he thinks the Red Sox poor homestand against the Twins and Tigers will ultimately come back to haunt them.