The Rex Ryan Diaries: Challenge accepted


The Rex Ryan Diaries: Challenge accepted

By Adam Hart

Tuesday Jan. 11th, 2011

Dear Diary,

I don't like it. I don't like it one bit.

Turns out we are playing the Patriots. But that's not even the worst of it; they're trying to be all funny with the media. That's my expletive shtick!

It all started with my usual "This is personal, blah blah blah" nonsense to scare the Patriots. I said this game comes down to one thing, Me versus that dullard Belichick. Oh, it was expletive great. Belichick did the predictable, "I don't think you'll see either one of us out there making any blocks or tackles or runs or throws or catches." No expletive, Sherlock.

Then -- out of the blue -- I'm blindsided by some Casio boombox guy saying he'll race Tannenbaum. Who said anything about racing? Only race Mikey's winning is to the buffet line. Am I right or am I expletive right?

Even worse, this bearded guy says he can beat anyone at wearing shorts in the cold the longest. Huh?

I beat the Colts all by myself. I try to do the same thing this week against the Patriots, and they're hellbent on wrecking everything. Every expletive last thing. I mean, I sure as expletive can't beat both Belichick and Casio in a race. And that shorts thing sounds expletive weird. Maybe I'll just go barefoot on Sunday. That'll show 'em.

Long story short, I got absolutely zero game prep in today; I'm talking none. Been too busy thinking about this expletive Me vs Belichick thing and how everyone's ruining it by butting in. Unless they're just messing with my mind, throwing me off-track???

Expletive it. I'mma go see if Tannenbaum's got any expletive snacks. That's right, snacks -- plural.



P.S. Turns out Tannenbaum had some pretty expletive good snacks. But I just saw this news report: someone took all the Tostitos. ALL OF THEM. How'm I gonna make nachos for Nacho?

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start


Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision


Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.