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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 two and restrained Joyce.
Both dugouts and bullpens emptied and Lackey could be seen saying that he didn't mean to hit the Rays' leadoff hitter.
There was some pushing and shoving near the first base line but the umpires chose not to eject any players.
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The benches cleared when Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey nailed Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Matt Joyce in the bottom of sixth inning.
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.
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Matt Joyce sent a message with his bat.
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Joyce, one day after being hit by a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing scrum, put the Rays up 7-3 on a two-run shot in the fifth that ended Lester's night.
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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 MLB.com.
"I totally believe it was intentional," Maddon told MLB.com. "I saw the replay, and it was absolutely validated, my thoughts."
Lackey responded by saying that he "doesn't want to drag it...
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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...
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