Found June 11, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon watched the videotape and it didn't change his mind that Boston's John Lackey hit Rays leadoff hitter Matt Joyce intentionally Monday night. Lackey's pitch struck Joyce in the center of the back, which resulted in a bench-clearing scrum in the sixth-inning of Boston's 10-8, 14-inning win. "I saw the replay and absolutely validated my thoughts," Maddon said before Tuesday night's game with the Red Sox. Lackey and Boston manager John Farrell both insisted there was no intent. "I just stand by what I said yesterday," Maddon said. "I really don't want to get any further than that. And of course, the manager (Farrell) is going say that. I'd probably say the same thing. But on their side of things, to admit that they did it on purpose would result in some kind of punitive situation." Joyce had homered earlier and lined a 3-0 pitch foul into the right-field stands. The R...

Matt Joyce, Joe Maddon take umbrage with beaning

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. If not for the length of a marathon game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox five hours and 24 minutes, the second-longest contest in Rays history John Lackeys plunking of Matt Joyce that led to both benches clearing in the sixth inning would have been the lasting image of a 14-inning affair that began Monday night and ended early Tuesday morning...

Rays crowdsourcing inspirational quotes from fans

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Got an inspirational quote? The Tampa Bay Rays want to hear from you. Deep quotes are nothing new on the Rays clubhouse lineup card they usually come from manager Joe Maddon but the club is doing some crowdsourcing to find fresh thought-provoking material. On Monday, Maddon tweeted that he will select an inspirational quote each day sent to him via Twitter...

Joe Maddon Says John Lackey Was Out of Line in Hitting Matt Joyce, Questions Whether He Is ‘Good Teammate’

Monday night was interesting, to say the least. The five-hour, 24-minute game that went 14 innings featured 32 hits and 18 runs, but that was just the beginning of the fireworks between Tampa Bay and Boston. Red Sox starter John Lackey sent a pitch into Rays outfielder Matt Joyce‘s back in the sixth inning, clearing both benches. While Lackey said afterward that the pitch was not...

Lackey Trying to Move on From Matt Joyce HBP

Photo from Joe Maddon might be trying to suck John Lackey in to a war of words over hitting Matt Joyce, but Lackey wants none of it, according to "I totally believe it was intentional," Maddon told "I saw the replay, and it was absolutely validated, my thoughts." Lackey responded by saying that he "doesn't want to drag it...

Minimizing Damage Becomes Big Priority Early As Red Sox, Rays Battle in High-Scoring Affair (Video)

John Lackey has shown a tendency to give up the long ball in his last few starts. Luckily, the Red Sox were intent on bringing some offense of their own on Monday night. A six-run first inning staked Lackey to an early lead against the Rays in this one, but he didn’t have the full six runs to work with for very long. A leadoff home run for the Rays in the bottom of the first greeted...

Red Sox, Rays Should Think Twice Before Escalating Animosity in Wake of Monday’s Beaning (Video)

If the Rays want revenge for John Lackey‘s beaning of Matt Joyce on Monday, they’re not likely to get it early on Tuesday night. After all, neither team can afford to lose a starting pitcher in this game, after they both burned up their bullpens in an extra-inning affair the last time out. NESN Nation’s Dan Duquette isn’t ruling out any unruly behavior from the two teams...

Red Sox-Rays Preview

John Lackey is healthy again, and that's meant trouble for opponents. The Tampa Bay Rays, though, have given him trouble in recent years, something he'd like to put an end to Monday night. Lackey looks to turn in his fifth straight strong start when the Boston Red Sox visit the Rays to open a three-game series. The Red Sox (39-25) have won six of eight after taking two...

Video: Benches clear at Rex Sox vs. Rays game for punchless brawl

The benches cleared when Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey nailed Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Matt Joyce in the bottom of sixth inning.

Red Sox, Rays have brief scrum

Boston and Tampa Bay have had a brief benches-clearing scrum in the sixth inning after the Rays' Matt Joyce was hit by a pitch from Red Sox starter John Lackey. Lackey hit Joyce in the center of the back with two outs and Boston leading 6-4 Monday night. Joyce took several steps toward the mound and shouted at Lackey. Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got in between the...

The road ahead: Big division series in Tampa Bay

Sean Riley Contributing Writer Monday's are usually pretty bad, its back to work and no more BBQ's. But this Monday opens a three game series in Tampa Bay against the Rays and that alone will help me get through a miserable Monday work day. With Tampa Bay only 4.5 games back in the division, the Red Sox will look to take this series and push the Rays down farther in the...

Use caution with Lackey, Hamels

Start 'Em Dylan Axelrod (TOR, @HOU) The White Sox are at the bottom of the AL Central standings, though that's no fault of their starting rotation, which owns a 3.68 ERA on the season (fourth-best on the Junior Circuit). Axelrod has been a major component in this machine over the past month, surrendering a meager 10 runs in his last five starts (29 innings). The 27-year...

Game 65: Red Sox at Rays – Road Test

The Guru Contributing Writer The Boston Red Sox (39-25) begin a seven game road trip tonight in Tampa. The Rays (34-28) currently trail the first place Sox by four games in the American League East. With three games against the Rays and four against the Orioles in Baltimore, the Red Sox could create some distance or find themselves in fourth place by the end of the week. The...
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