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Facing the Red Sox in Fenway Park for the second time in five nights,
Rays ace David Price breezed through seven innings, sat through a
39-minute rain delay and returned to strike out Jonny Gomes to open the
eighth. That’s when he yielded the mound and the Red Sox nearly won the
But pinch-runner Daniel Nava was unable to score, first
because he made a bad read on Stephen Drew’s double to right field and
later because he was incorrectly called out by Meals on a play at the
plate in which he clearly got his foot underneath Rays catcher Jose
Add it all up, and the Rays nudged their way back
into first place with a cuticle-chomping 2-1 victory that left the Red
Sox griping and Meals admitting his mistake.
“I was wrong on my
decision,” the home plate umpire said of what ejected Red Sox manager
John Farrell labeled a “terrible call” and caused the usually
mild-mannered Nava to launch a furious protest. “From the angle I had, I
did not see his foot get under Molina’s shin guard.”
“There was no doubt, I knew I was safe. I wouldn’t try to sell it. On
replays, you’d see I was safe. I knew I was safe. At the same time, I
probably should’ve been there the at-bat before.”
Herald: Tough one to swallow
It's games like last night where the MLB needs to get the instant replay wheels in motion. This was a giant moment for both the Red Sox and the Rays in what has become an incredibly tight AL East race. The fact that a game was decided on a blown call, which the umpire fully admitted he blew, is laughable to the game.
On the other hand, Nava and third base coach Brian Butterfield didn't deserve to score that run. What were they both thinking on that deep double from Drew? I understand the ball was close to being caught, but Nava, come on man...you can't score from second on that? For the love of all things that are holy, the ball hit the bullpen wall!
That being said, it's pretty sweet that there's so much chatter developing around not only the Red Sox, but also these two rivals. Today is a perfect sports talk radio listening, water cooler talking kind of day. From the rivalry, to the blown call, to the build up to the trade deadline, Boston is buzzing about the Red Sox.
Rest of the links:
Globe: Decision on Rays' Price wasn't costly in the end | Globe: Red Sox tumble on disputed call at the plate | Globe: Brandon Snyder replaces slumping Jose Iglesias | Herald: Sox worth getting all worked up about | Herald: Prospects low on Lee | Herald: Snyder takes a dominating Price 'deep' | Herald: Slugger recalled as '67 Dreamer | Herald: Trade deadline drama may not faze Sox | CSNNE.com: Umpire admits to blown call | Projo: Controversial call looms large as Tampa Bay takes first
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Your browser does not support iframes. Jonny Gomes executed this great diving catch and unassisted double play during the 15th inning of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Mariners game in Boston, though the catch actually happened on Thursday as the game carried over past midnight. Gomes’ catch prevented the Mariners from taking the lead and the putout at second ended their scoring threat...
Unassisted double plays are nothing new in baseball, but they don’t usually come courtesy of the left fielder. Jonny Gomes pulled off that rare feat Wednesday night — in the 15th inning, no less. With two men on and one out in a 4-4 game, Seattle’s Michael Saunders sent a sinking line drive into left field. Gomes robbed Saunders with a diving grab, however, before trotting...
The Tampa Bay Rays took a half-game lead on the Boston Red Sox thanks to their 2-1 victory in Boston last night, but they got a little help from the officiating crew at Fenway before doing so.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with the Red Sox down a run, Daniel Nava attempted to tag up and score on a fly ball to left field. Sam Fuld made the catch and fired a toss towards home...
The Rays have been very active on Twitter today.
First, Tampa Bay’s official Twitter account tweeted out an ad for a “steel alloy phone with Kevlar cord,” that would need to be installed by Sept. 10. It was a playful shot towards the Red Sox and David Ortiz after Big Papi smashed a telephone with his bat on Saturday.
Now, Rays ace David Price is having some fun on Twitter at...
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)They are 25 EverReady Bunnies these 2013 Carmine Hose. Somehow finding the energy to keep at it for 15 innings, the Red Sox pulled out a 5-4 win to vault themselves back into first place in the AL East. Stephen Drew hit a bases-loaded single to right to end the marathon contest—the team's major league-leading 10th walk-off win this season. John Lackey...
Stephen Drew singled in the winning run in the 15th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners and back into first place in the AL East on Wednesday night.
Dustin Pedroia drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout by David Ortiz. Mike Napoli was walked intentionally and Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out. Jonny Gomes then walked, loading the...
Associated Press Monday: Tampa Bay Rays 3, Boston Red Sox, 0 Win: Matt Moore (14-3) Loss: Brandon Workman (0-1) In a pivotal series for both clubs, both teams knew that they had to be on their A-game if they wanted to claim American League East supremacy. In this edition of what has become a very competitive rivalry over the last few years...
Tampa Bay Rays (62-43) @ Boston Red Sox (63-43) | First pitch: 6:10
vs. David Price, LHP (5-5, 3.75 ERA) Felix Doubront, LHP (7-4, 3.78 ERA)
The Rays have been on a freakin' tear, and so has David Price.The Rays are 8-2 in their last 10, and 19-4 in the month of July. Holy ****! David Price is 4-1 with 3 complete...
On the eve of a quiet trade deadline, John Lackey faced Mariners' ace Hisashi Iwakuma. This one was tight for the whole nine innings and then some. That's right folks; another extra-inning game...and another walk-off.
One of the focus points of the game was Pedroia starting to heat up and turn the corner at the plate. After going 2 for 4 with three RBI at the plate last...
The Boston Red Sox aim to be good guests at Camden Yards, that’s why a couple of members of the team took it upon themselves to “fix” the dugout phone broken by the teammate David Ortiz.
Ortiz was feeling a little frustrated about a few calls Saturday night against the Orioles, and took his anger out on an innocent bystander. The Sox designated hitter took a couple of cuts...
After Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz took out his frustrations on the visitors dugout phone at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday night, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Dempster decided to go back to their childhood when they "fixed" the phone.
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Ryan Dempster, known as one of the great MLB clubhouse hacks, along with teammate Jonny Gomes had some fun at the Ortiz phone destruction from Saturday night. They “repaired” the phone with a more, uh, crude approach of tin cans and wire. Jenny Dell of NESN had the tweet.
Dempster & Gomes “repair” the dugout telephone. “Can you hear me ok?” #Silly pic.twitter...
So Yasiel Puig’s antics yesterday made some people mad, because having fun in baseball makes you a terrible person or something.
Though I find it interesting how many people want to give their two cents about this when they ignore other people doing the same types of things all the time.
I wonder what the difference between them are? Not saying, I’m just saying.
A day after David Ortiz took his frustrations out on a dugout telephone, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Dempster decided to solve the problem before the afternoon game verus the Orioles. Gomes and Dempster decided to install a phone.
Check it out after the jump
And yes that is a tin-can telephone held together by string.
Can’t say that the Boston Red Sox aren’t good guests? Wonder how...
The Red Sox have had a flair for the dramatic all season.
Those big moments usually come before the late local news signs off for the night but nonetheless the Red Sox find themselves back on top of the ever-changing AL East after their 10th walkoff victory of the season last night.
Stephen Drew delivered the latest installment with a single in the bottom of the 15th to give the...