Found May 27, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
There has been no shortage of ninth-inning excitement in the first two games between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. In Sunday's series finale at Fenway Park, the Red Sox hope to carry some momentum from their latest comeback victory over the Rays and finally move over .500 for the first time this season. The series started with a bang Friday night, with Matt Joyce hitting a third-inning grand slam to lead Tampa Bay (28-19) to a 7-4 victory. The game, however, will be remembered for Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales hitting Luke Scott in the right leg in the ninth, prompting the benches to clear. Rays manager Joe Maddon took offense to the beaning and tweeted, "What occurred in the 9th reeked of intent. Was ridiculous, absurd, idiotic, incompetent, cowardly behavior." Boston manager Bobby Valentine saw things differently. "I took offense to the aggressiveness of their coaches," he said prior to Saturday's game. "I thought it was really un...
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