go to MSN.com
Found May 25, 2012 on NESN.com:

From NESN:

The Tampa Bay Rays were in the middle of a beatdown on Friday night, when the Red Sox decided to hit back -- literally.

The Red Sox and Rays got themselves tangled up in a benches-clearing brawl on Friday night, and one so exhilarating that even the bench coaches were getting all amped up.

After Dustin Pedroia was beaned in the back during the sixth inning, Red Sox pitcher Franklin Morales made a point of it to retalliate by hitting Rays DH Luke Scott. An unhappy Scott started heading towards the mound in a fit of anger but a defensive Jarrod Saltalamacchia stopped things from escalating, for the moment at least.

Both dugouts (and bullpens) cleared out onto the field with players and coaches from both teams crowded out near the pitchers mound. They continually migrated closer to home plate, as both sides did their darndest to get in a few swings.

Boston bench coach Tim Bogar was one of the more active participants in the melee. Rays center fielder B.J. Upton could even be seen mouthing off to Red Sox fans.

Warnings were issued to both teams, but nobody was ejected. The Rays went on to win 7-4, and both teams will meet again Saturday in what is sure to be a tense affair.

 

Also from NESN

Ex-football recruit exonerated for rape charge after 10 years

Oops! MLB makes mistake with bobblehead

Video: Umpire shows up little kid with ridiculous strikeout call

More from NESN.com:
8 Comments:
  • Lets get this stright... He was not going to the mound "in a fit of anger". He looked to be more or less calm. And you said "Rays center fielder B.J. Upton could even be seen mouthing off to Red Sox fans." Truth is, it was the fans that were "mouthing off" to him. I am a huge sox fan but let the truth be the truth. The "beaning" of Dustin Pedroia was a accident. No way would the Rays want to pitch to Ortiz. Our pitcher went out of his way to hit Scott. I just wish we would admit it. It is a sad fact that we are loosing... we should try to loose in style, then we can turn this thing around with class.
  • You are NO sox fan. You are just another front runner Rays phony posting on this site. The Rays have no major league ballpark, no major league payroll and NO titles. So win something before you start mouthing off.
  • Another Rays loser posting nonsense. They hit Pedey on purpose, no other way to explain where he got hit. Maddon, another mgr never to win anything, is prone to hitting players while in the lead. The Sox just sent a message back protecting their little engine that could. Nice job Morales and if it happens again keep drilling those losers until those thick headed losers get the message. This from a team with no fans and no titles. How disgraceful the Rays team, organization and fans are. b J Upton the loafer mouthing off the sox fans? Why don't you grow a pair and go outside after the game if your so tough. What a POS this guy is.
  • I am so glad a sox fan wrote the above!! As I was reading the article I couldn't believe how irresponsible and misleading it was to the actual events. As far as both sides getting in a few swings, I didn't see one punch thrown and lastly to use the word "melee" is a gross exaggeration.
  • Another loser Rays fan. Try winning something before you open your trap. You've been losers every of your existence so why don't you just STFU!
  • What the hell is a looser?
  • [not displayed: comment from locked account]
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Luke Scott Clarifies Fenway Park Comments, Says He Respects Ballpark

Luke Scott has become Public Enemy No. 1 in Boston on the heels of his insistence that Fenway Park is "a dump." Don't worry, though. He's sorry. "As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump," Scott said of Fenway back in April. "I mean, it's old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I'd rather...

Rays try to take series from Red Sox in Fenway

Designated hitter Luke Scott didn't do much hitting in the Tampa Bay Rays' series opener against the Boston Red Sox. Instead, he got hit - and the benches cleared as a result. He appears to have a good chance to turn the tables given his history against Josh Beckett. Scott, Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce and the rest of the Rays will take their hacks against Beckett on Saturday...

Luke Scott and Rays relive memories in Boston

Last night, there was another dust up between the Red Sox and Rays. It wasn't as bad as previous encounters, just some flexing and trash talk. In recent years, this has become one of the marquee rivalries. One only has to think back to last year and the Red Sox collapse that allowed the Rays to sneak into the playoffs.Let's look at some of the recent encounters.June 5, 2008...

“What a Dump!” Fenway Park Strikes Back

 DATELINE: HUMOR! Bobby Valentine oversaw his team begin to brawl in the ninth inning after Luke Scott, sometime Fenway Park detractor, was hit by a pitch. Scott despises Fenway Park and gave an interview to that effect, which has ranked him at the top of the enemies list all season among the most arrogant of Boston Red Sox fans. At his postgame interview, Bobby Valentine insisted...

Tim Bogar's 'Bench-Clearing Bench Coach' Performance Highlights Red Sox' Needed Passion (Video)

When have you ever seen a fight between two teams where the coaches are more heated than the players? That's exactly what happened between the Red Sox and Rays on Friday night, when Felix Doubront hit Luke Scott, prompting both benches to clear in the ninth inning. Somehow, Red Sox coaches Bob McClure and Tim Bogar found themselves in the middle of it all, and however unusual...

Sox Brawl Their Way to a Loss

The Red Sox were at 500 and it seems like the idea of getting above 500 just seems like it is always just beyond our grasps.  Lester took the mound for the Sox and he definitely didn't have his ace stuff with him.  Brawl or no brawl, we ended up walking away with a loss and once again being below 500. Lester took the mound and seemed to be doing alright until he hit the 3rd...

Latest Chapter in Red Sox-Rays Rivalry Shows How Far Teams Have Come From Pedro Martinez-Gerald Williams Days

BOSTON –– Luke Scott stormed out of the batter's box, making a beeline for Franklin Morales. The Rays designated hitter started screaming, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia attempted to hold him back. At that point, Scott opted to unleash his frustrations on the Red Sox catcher by pushing him. In a matter of seconds, the benches cleared and tussling ensued. For a brief second,...

Red Sox downplay ninth-inning plunking

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have packed quite a bit of animosity into their 15-year rivalry, with Friday night providing the latest chapter. Following in the tradition of Gerald Williams vs. Pedro Martinez in 2000 and Coco Crisp vs. James Shields in 2008, Friday night featured another bench-clearer courtesy of Luke Scott and Franklin Morales. With bad blood lingering...

Red Sox News & Notes - 5/26

The only thing hotter than the Tampa Bay Rays bats against Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester were the tempers of the coaches of both teams in the 9th inning of the 7-4 win by the visitors. After Franklin Morales hit Luke Scott in the 9th on the fourth pitch after throwing one behind him, another for a strike and another inside, Scott tried to make his way to the mound only...

Taking Stock: Sox - Orioles series

After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value. Offense Mike Aviles: Mike looked good in the first game, then trailed off in games 2 and 3. He is still doing a decent job at the top of the lineup. Dustin Pedroia: Like Aviles, Pedey had a pretty good game 1, then had a tough final two games of the series. He has...

Rays Roundup: Maddon Furious About HBP

In today's edition of Rays Roundup: Joe Maddon is furious about Luke Scott getting hit-by-pitch in ninth inning of Friday's game against the Red Sox, Matt Joyce hits his second grand slam in a week, outfielder Brandon Guyer needs season-ending shoulder surgery and Hideki Matsui is inching closer to a promotion to the big club from Durham. All of that and more inside.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Lionel Messi drug tested while Argentina celebrated victory

After Argentina’s 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands to advance to the World Cup final on Sunday against Germany, Lionel Messi  wasn’t able to celebrate the win with his teammates. Messi was stuck taking a mandatory drug test. Messi posted this on his Instagram profile: “Me toco el doping y no puedo estar viviendo este momento en el vestuario. Me siento orgulloso de ser...
Via Sports-Glory
2 hours ago

Report: A.J. Pierzynski was ‘negative influence’ to Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment on Wednesday, and now according to a report from WEEI there may be clubhouse reasons as to why the move was made. Rob Bradford of WEEI reported on Thursday that Pierzynski’s negative influence led to the decision to designate him for assignment. According to multiple […]
Via Full Scale Sports
5 hours ago

Argentina's Javier Mascherano says he tore his anus on tackle

Argentina defender Javier Mascherano laid it all on the line for his country on Wednesday. No, I mean he really, really went all out. Mascherano may have saved the game with a tremendous tackle on Netherlands forward Arjen Robben in the 90th minute to keep the score 0-0. And you know what else happened? He […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

Charles Barkley: Manziel 'too immature' to handle fame

Charles Barkley has some sage advice for Johnny Manziel.On Wednesday, the former NBA player appeared on the Bull and Fox Show on WKRK-FM in Cleveland where he said that Manziel is too immature to handle fame. Barkley also urged Manziel to tone it down with the selfies."You should never take selfies of yourself doing anything that can be considered stupid," Barkley said...
Via Bush League Chronicle
6 hours ago

Report: LeBron James is done meeting with teams

As the speculation over LeBron James’ possible future home continues to swirl and different reporters handicap the race for his services, the most interesting report of all surfaced Wednesday night. David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that James has all the information he needs and will no longer take meetings with teams. The report has since been confirmed by Sam Amick, Marc...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
14 hours ago

Andre Johnson is hopeful he will be at Texans training camp

Will Andre Johnson force the Texans to trade him before the season starts? (Credit: Therichest.com) Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson is not too happy about the moves the team has made this off-season. In May, Johnson refused to show up to voluntary team workouts. With some media outlets questioning whether or not Johnson will demand a trade, he is telling NFL.com...
Via Down and Distance
12 hours ago

Report: Some teammates want nothing to do with Josh Gordon

While the Cleveland Browns prepare for a season without Josh Gordon, and Gordon prepares for the NFL’s ruling after his latest run-in with the law, some of Gordon’s teammates have already moved on. Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported on Wednesday that while some Browns teammates do realize that Gordon is sick, some of them “want […]
Via Full Scale Sports
6 hours ago

Report: Jazz to match Hornets' offer sheet to Gordon Hayward

In the land of the obvious, the Utah Jazz will reportedly match the $63 million offer sheet Gordon Hayward received from the Charlotte Hornets earlier this month.  Jazz will match Gordon Hayward's $63M sheet, but wouldn't be a surprise to see them take full 3 days to notify Hornets, sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2014 It has long been...
Via Sportsnaut
10 hours ago

Does Papelbon want to be traded to contender?

The hot news out of Milwaukee isn’t the fact that the Phillies took three straight from the team that entered their series with the best record in the National League. No, it is the fact that Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly stated his desire to play for a team in contention before the end of the month. His quotes and post game actions are captured here by Ryan Lawrence: After...
Via Phillies Nation
15 hours ago

Mark Cuban had Parsons sign offer sheet where???

I don’t think you could dream up a more appropriate way for Chandler Parsons to sign his $45 million offer sheet from the Dallas Mavericks, than to have Mark Cuban be with you while hanging out in a nightclub. Parsons, the third-year forward for the Houston Rockets, has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight of Houston’s off season, as general manager Daryl Morey attempts to...
Via Next Impulse Sports
12 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.