Valentine: Sox, Yankees ending 'not very courteous'


Valentine: Sox, Yankees ending 'not very courteous'

FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox were held scoreless on just two hits over seven innings by the Yankees Adam Warren and Dellin Betances, but came back to tie the game, 4-4, in the ninth inning on a squeeze bunt by Jason Repko to score Ryan Sweeney.

But manager Bobby Valentine was not happy.

It was regretful that Clayton Mortensen warmed up, though, and then we were told they werent going to play an extra inning, Valentine said. I didnt think that that was very courteous.

Mortensen was on the mound to start the 10th conferring with catcher Ryan Lavarnway when the game was called. Typically, spring training tie games are played to 10 innings unless a team runs out of pitching to go more than nine innings.

They had plenty of pitching, Valentine said. Probably too long of a ride. They could have known that going in.

No, they had plenty of pitching.

The Yankees used five pitchers, with seven remaining unused on their travel roster.

Usually they (the umpires) talk about it if its a tie game, but they didnt, said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. And I used all our pitching and I just said, Thats it. I just looked at (umpire) Tim Tschida and said, Thats it.

Valentine learned the game was over as the umpires walked off the field.

The umpire came over and said we couldnt play, Valentine said. I dont care about not playing. Its just, you know, why do I have to warm up my pitcher whos trying to make a team, come in in a tie game against the Yankees and maybe help him make a team and instead he has to walk off the mound to take a shower? Thats just not very courteous.

Asked how it is generally determined to call a game early in a tie in the spring, Valentine responded:

Usually you go over and say, Hey, I dont have any more pitching.Or I have 10. Valentine said. I dont know. I havent been around in a long time. Joe Girardi knows better than I. I guess you just walk off the field.

Im sure Girardi didnt do anything deliberate. Its just I have to answer a pitcher whos trying to make a team. Why use that bullpen?

I dont set protocol. Im learning.

Report: Kyrie Irving recently requested trade from Cavaliers


Report: Kyrie Irving recently requested trade from Cavaliers

It didn't take much to deduce the Cavaliers were having a rocky offseason, but it appears to be worse than anyone could have thought. 

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Kyrie Irving recently requested a trade. This comes around the same time as a report that LeBron James was "frustrated" with the team's direction.

In a follow-up post, Windhorst writes that James was "blindsided and disappointed" upon being notified of Irving's wish to leave. 

Irving is entering the third year of a five-year, $90 million contract.  The first overall pick in the 2011 draft, the 25-year-old point guard averaged a career-high 25.2 points last season.

Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick


Morning Skate: Another setback for Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what Melissa McCarthy is going to do now that Spicey is gone.

*The debut for Philadelphia Flyers top pick Nolan Patrick has been scratched due to “an infection in his face.” Boy, this kid can’t get healthy, can he?

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is 100 percent sure that the Winged Wheels will be making a return to the playoffs this season.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has hope returning to the city of Houston that they might get an NHL franchise one of these days.

*Travis Yost delves into shooting percentage and some of the nuances when properly trying to break it down statistically.

*There are new season ticket charges for Habs fans in Montreal, and boy are they pissed off about it. Feels like the kind of thing that could push them to riot in the streets or flood 911 emergency lines if the Canadiens aren’t too careful about it.

*Young Blues defenseman Colton Parayko signs a five-year deal with St. Louis to avoid salary arbitration while the D-man taken exactly one pick before him by the Bruins in the draft, Matt Grzelcyk, is going to be hard-pressed to move past the AHL level this season.

*For something completely different: What would Ivan Drago have been doing with his life after his showdown with Rocky in Mother Russia?