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Adam Jones was taunted with racial slur at Fenway Park in 2013, two fans say

05.04.17 at 10:33 am ET
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Two fans say Adam Jones was taunted with a racial slur at Fenway Park in 2013. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Two fans say Adam Jones was taunted with a racial slur at Fenway Park in 2013. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was heckled with a racial slur at Fenway Park during a game in 2013, according to two fans who were in attendance.

After the Red Sox blew a ninth inning lead against the Orioles on April 10, 2013, Pat Bowlby says he moved down to the front row of the bleachers near the bullpen for the bottom of the frame. While there, he says he encountered an unruly fan, who shouted the N-word at Jones.

“[Joel] Hanrahan blew the save and then in the bottom of the 9th inning fans were pretty unruly –– because it’s Fenway and the save was just blown,” Bowlby told WEEI.com via phone. “And Jones was in center field and a lot of the crowd was dispersed, so basically I was in the front row right near the bullpen. That guy just became really unruly and was directing a lot of hate towards Adam Jones. At first, it just started like, ‘Oh, you suck.’ Then I heard him shout the N-word at him and he was just straight up flipping him off and his buddies were just laughing.”

Bowlby’s friend, Jon Travers, told WEEI.com he told the heckler to “knock it off,” but was ignored. Though Travers says others in the section appeared surprised to hear the racial epithet, nobody else approached the man. He left before the inning was over.

“I was kind of shocked security didn’t intervene, because I’ve seen security intervene for dumber things than this,” Bowlby says.

Following the game that night, Bowlby sent out a string of tweets to Jones, apologizing for the fan’s alleged behavior.

Bowlby also later tweeted out a photo of the person he identified as the one making racial slurs.

Jones responded to Bowlby, saying the taunts “never bother him.”

In addition to the time-stamped tweets, Bowlby provided WEEI.com with a photograph to prove he was at the game in question.

Following the Orioles’ 5-2 victory over the Red Sox Monday, Jones told USA Today a handful of racial epithets and bag of peanuts were hurled in his direction. “I was called the N-word a handful of times tonight. Thanks. Pretty awesome,” he said.

The Red Sox released a statement Tuesday condemning the alleged actions. Team president Sam Kennedy confirmed to WEEI a higher-than-usual 34 people were ejected from the contest, including the peanut thrower. He would not say whether any individuals who called Jones the N-word were removed from the stadium.

Four fans who were seated in the bleachers during Monday’s game told WEEI.com they didn’t hear the N-word shouted in Jones’ direction. The Orioles centerfielder was seen gesturing towards fans in the outfield bleachers at various points in the eighth and ninth innings.

On Wednesday, Kennedy said the Red Sox banned a fan for life after he had directed a racial slur towards another person in the stands prior to Tuesday’s contest. Calvin Hennick, who reported the alleged incident to security, said to the Boston Globe he was at the game with his six-year-old son and father-in-law, both of whom are black. According to Hennick, a “middle-aged white man” leaned over to him and used a racial slur to describe the rendition of the national anthem, which was sung by a Kenyan woman.

“It’s disheartening, saddening, maddening,’’ Kennedy said of the reported incident. “That said, we have to recognize that this exists in our culture, it exists in Boston, and it exists in other cities around the world. It’s not an indictment on Boston and this marketplace, it’s an indictment on the ignorant people and intolerant people who utter these words and say these things and they need to be held accountable.’’

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Thursday’s Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens strikes out 7; Sea Dogs sweep Hartford

05.04.17 at 8:52 am ET
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Henry Owens

Henry Owens

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (12-12): W, 7-0 at Syracuse 

— Henry Owens tossed five scoreless one-hit innings for the PawSox, giving up six walks but striking out seven.

— Aneury Tavarez hit two of his team’s four home runs and went 3-for-4 in his second Triple-A game of the season.

— Rusney Castillo had two extra-base hits, one of which was a home run. Steve Selsky also hit a home run, his second in as many days.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (13-8): W, 5-1 at Hartford 

— The Sea Dogs completed their sweep of the Yard Goats with their fourth straight win to end their six-game road trip.

— In his Double-A debut, Deiner Lopez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Danny Mars had two RBI while Josh Tobias,
Tzu-Wei Lin and Danney Bethea each had one. Rafael Devers went 1-for-3 with a walk.

— Sea Dogs starter Kevin McAvoy threw six innings with six strikeouts, giving up one run and five hits. Jamie Callahan threw a perfect ninth inning.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (16-10): W, 4-3 at Wilmington 

— Despite blowing the lead in the seventh, Salem was able to pull off a 4-3 win over Wilmington after scoring a run in the eighth.

–Salem starter Travis Lakins gave up five hits, one run and struck out three in five innings. Yankory Pimentel got both the blown save and the win after he gave up two unearned runs in his two innings pitched.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (17-9): W, 8-0 vs. Asheville

— Darwinzon Hernandez threw 5.2 innings and got the win for Greenville after allowing only three hits, three walks and striking out six.

— The Drive scored five runs in the eighth to propel their 3-0 lead to 8-0. Roldani Baldwin hit a grand slam in the inning and Santiago Espinal, Jagger Rusconi, Bobby Dalbec and Baldwin each had two hits in the game.

Orioles extremely upset after Kevin Gausman gets ejected for hitting Xander Bogaerts: ‘It’s malarkey’

05.04.17 at 12:07 am ET
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Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning on Wednesday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning on Wednesday. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

It was a split-second decision by home plate umpire Sam Holbrook after he ejected Orioles starter Kevin Gausman for hitting Xander Bogaerts in the back with a 77 mile per hour curveball in the second inning, but it has lasting effects.

The decision will impact the Orioles for days since they needed to use their bullpen for eight innings in their 4-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Holbrook explained his reasoning afterwards.

“Just given the situation and the tension between the two clubs and all of the stuff that has gone over the past few weeks, we’re all on high alert with anything,” Holbrook said to a pool reporter. “I know that the ball was a curveball, but it hit him square in the back, and just making a split decision at that point right there. There needs to be an end to this stuff and I felt like an ejection was the right thing to do at that time and that is what we did. Thankfully, we didn’t have any more problems the rest of the game.”

Gausman was still upset after the game.

“I didn’t know who he threw out at first,” he said. “Just complete bush league, to be honest. To throw me out in that situation after what Sale did yesterday. Throwing 98 behind a guy. On purpose. Everybody knew it, and you’re going to throw me out for hitting a guy on a curveball. 0-0, in the second inning. I mean, it’s pretty bush league.”

Catcher Caleb Joseph was perhaps the most animated on the field following the ejection, letting Holbrook have a piece of his mind. He still wasn’t over it afterwards.

“Now, we’re having to sit here and answer questions while the Red Sox are on their way home,” he said. “It’s malarkey. That’s what it is. It’s a bunch of malarkey. It’s unacceptable. It’s too bad. It’s too bad.”

O’s manager Buck Showalter wasn’t happy considering Chris Sale wasn’t ejected for throwing a 97 mile an hour fastball behind Manny Machado’s leg Tuesday, but Gausman was ejected for a curveball Wednesday.

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Red Sox 4, Orioles 2: Craig Kimbrel offers another reminder that he is really good

05.03.17 at 11:17 pm ET
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Craig Kimbrel (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Craig Kimbrel (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Let’s be honest: The Red Sox got to the ninth inning with the lead Wednesday in part to the ineptness of home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.

It was Holbrook who ejected Baltimore starting pitcher Kevin Gausman after hitting Xander Bogaerts with an innocent, 75 mph curveball leading off the second inning. Paranoia set in earlier in the day after a conference call from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and chief rules enforcer Joe Torre, and carried over into the ump’s inexplicable decision.

It was just the window the offensively-challenged Red Sox needed to score four runs after four innings, giving Sox starter Drew Pomeranz and the bullpen the breathing room needed to get to Craig Kimbrel. (For a complete recap of the game, click here.)

And once you get to Kimbrel these days, that’s that. The trend continued in the Red Sox’ 4-2 win at Fenway Park.

Three hitters — Joey Rickard, Hyun Soo Kim and Manny Machado — and three strikeouts. And along the way there were those swings, the kind that don’t usually belong to major league hitters. Completely overmatched.

Earlier in the week, the other member of this Red Sox pitching staff that is having a freakish season, Chris Sale, had this to say: “Craig Kimbrel, that’s the guy I love to watch pitch.” As far as compliments go, that’s a pretty good one.

Against the Orioles, Kimbrel offered another exhibition.

“Whether it’s the last 10 games, whether it’s all season long. It’s powerful. It’s swing-and-miss,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “The most important thing is just how the strike throwing is so consistent. When he’s got that curveball going and the ability to elevate his fastball, he’s an extremely difficult pitcher to handle.”

The closer is still striking out half the batters he has faced, fanning 24 of the 48 men who have stepped into the batter’s box against him. And, just for good measure, there has been only two walks. He has also retired 30 of the last 32 hitters he has faced.

Oh, and against right-handed hitters this season? Kimbrel hasn’t allowed a hit in 25 at-bats, striking out 13.

It’s hard to remember, but through the same amount of games last season (13) Kimbrel was pretty good. Opponents were hitting just .122 against him, and he had struck out 21 and walked five. Not quite as good, but not bad. It was, however, around this time he suffered an injury to his right index finger.

The finger ailment, followed by a knee injury, helped for some inconsistencies that certainly didn’t leave the Red Sox feeling the kind of ninth-inning confidence they’re beaming with these days.

Shattering Perceptions Game Note Image

Sox pitchers have a 2.43 ERA (31 ER/115.0 IP) in their last 13 games, the lowest mark in MLB in that time…Have allowed 2 or fewer ER in 10 of those games. Wednesday, the Sox threw 3.2 innings of scoreless relief, lowering the bullpen ERA to 2.12 (19 ER/80.2 IP).

Sam Kennedy details incident that has fan banned for life from Fenway following racial slur

05.03.17 at 10:08 pm ET
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Sam Kennedy confirmed a fan has been banned from Fenway for life following a racial slur on Tuesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Sam Kennedy confirmed a fan has been banned from Fenway for life following a racial slur on Tuesday. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox have banned a fan for life following a racial slur being directed at another fan on Tuesday night.

Team president Sam Kennedy confirmed the decision and incident speaking in the press box during Wednesday’s game. The incident occurred after the national anthem was sung on Tuesday.

It came a day after Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was called the N-word during Monday’s game.

A Kenyan woman sung the national anthem prior to Tuesday’s game and following that a fan directed a racial slur to another fan. That fan asked the person to repeat what was said, which was done, and at that point the person got Fenway security involved and the fan was immediately ejected.

“A bit of an unusual situation where the fan that came forward was in a conversation with another fan who used derogatory, unacceptable language,” Kennedy said. “It was awful and as I understand it, actually asked the other person to repeat what they just said, confirm that they just said it. That’s what happened. Immediately, the fan made us aware of it, thankfully, so we were able to address it right away.”

Added Kennedy: “It was a racial comment. It was a racial comment used to describe the national anthem that was taking place, the performance of the national anthem. It was sickening to hear.”

Kennedy believes this is the first time a lifetime ban has been imposed for a fan at Fenway Park. He understands it will be hard to enforce, but the Fenway Park security team will take the proper steps to ensure they do the best they can.

With the case turned over to the Boston police, Kennedy said he cannot discuss much about the person involved, nor release the name.

“We’re going to have to work really hard with our security operation,” Kennedy said. “We know who the person is, and we will work hard to do everything we can. It’s unprecedented, so it may be difficult. But I can tell you this was an individual game buyer, not a season-ticket holder. There are ways. We have eyes and ears on the ballpark. But we may not be perfect, we may not get it exactly right, but we have informed this person that they are no longer welcome at Fenway. Our security knows and we’re dealing with it in real time as you can tell. We’re going to work hard to do our best to enforce it.”

Kennedy noted the Red Sox are sending a clear message that inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

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Fan no longer welcome at Fenway Park following being ejected for racial slur directed at another fan

05.03.17 at 9:00 pm ET
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The Red Sox have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bad language. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bad language. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox are officially cracking down on bad language at Fenway Park.

On Wednesday night, the Red Sox released a statement saying a fan was ejected from Tuesday night’s game after directing a racial slur at another fan. That fan is no longer welcome at Fenway Park.

This came a day after Adam Jones said he had the N-word directed to him, as well as having a bag of peanuts thrown at him during Monday’s game.

Here is the statement: During Tuesday night’s Red Sox-Orioles game, it was reported to Red Sox security that a racial slur was used in a comment from one fan to another fan. The offending individual was promptly ejected from the ballpark, and has since been notified they are no longer welcome at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox organization will not tolerate the use of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and we have apologized to those affected. There is no place for racial epithets at Fenway Park, in baseball, or in our society. The Red Sox have turned the matter over to the Boston Police Department, who will further investigate with their civil rights unit and determine whether it merits further action.

It’s worth noting the language of the statement being “not welcome,” opposed to “banned.”

[UPDATE 9:45 p.m.]: Red Sox president Sam Kennedy confirmed the person has been banned for life.

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman ejected after hitting Xander Bogaerts

05.03.17 at 8:03 pm ET
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Just another day at the park for the Red Sox and Orioles.

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning after hitting Xander Bogaerts in the back with a 76 mile per hour curveball on the first pitch of the inning. Home plate umpire Sam Holbrook made the ejection.

The Orioles were visibly upset with the move given it was a curveball. Catcher Caleb Joseph immediately got in Holbrook’s face, as did manager Buck Showalter, but neither were ejected.

There were no pregame warnings issued, but commissioner Rob Manfred held a conference call with both teams Wednesday to calm things down between the two after their feud over the last few weeks.

Here is video of the pitch.

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Marco Hernandez leaves game in 1st inning with shoulder injury, disabled list possible

05.03.17 at 7:55 pm ET
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Marco Hernandez

Marco Hernandez

The game didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Red Sox or third baseman Marco Hernandez.

Hernandez went to make a play on a Adam Jones grounded, but when he went to make the play on a short-hop, it appeared his left shoulder gave way. He immediately grabbed the shoulder and looked to be in obvious pain.

The third baseman was removed from the game and replaced with Josh Rutledge.

“He’s sore right now,” manager John Farrell said after the game. “We’ve announced that it’s a strain. When he went back to field the ball with a drop-step move and the glove hand started to go behind him, he felt like there was a little bit of a slippage sensation that he had. And he’s done this before.

“So, when it appearance once again, it was clear we had to get him out of the game. We’ll check and see how he comes in tomorrow. That’s going to affect the corresponding move for Kendrick.”

Farrell said the disabled list is a possibility.

It was his sixth error of the season in just 20 games.

The Red Sox don’t have many options behind Hernandez and Rutledge, as it appears newly acquired utilty man Chase d’Arnaud would be next on the third base depth chart.

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Buck Showalter doesn’t seem to have issue with Manny Machado’s expletive-ridden rant against Red Sox

05.03.17 at 6:07 pm ET
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Buck Showalter didn't seem to have issue with Manny Machado's rant on Tuesday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Buck Showalter didn’t seem to have issue with Manny Machado’s rant on Tuesday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Following Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the Red Sox, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went on an expletive-ridden rant against the Red Sox.

A day later, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t seem to have issue with what he said.

“I heard that. I saw it,” Showalter said. “He was very frustrated. I know at the time that Kristen [PR director] and I talked about that Manny was going to talk to you guys and ladies. What are you going to do? I’d rather him get that out as opposed to having it pent in. It was there. You’ve got to walk a mile in his shoes before you start saying something.

“That’s a tough pair of shoes to walk in, as is everybody’s. This is hard to do, to stand in the batter’s box and try to do what these guys do or stand on the mound and do what these guys do or walk in a coach’s shoes. It’s hard. It’s something he wanted to get off his chest and I think he did.”

Machado was upset after Chris Sale threw a pitch behind him in the first inning, which drew warnings for both benches. Showalter even said he contemplated pulling him in case the Red Sox tried to hit him again.

Also, Orioles general manager Dan Duquette weighed in on the recent feud between the two teams.

“We play the game hard every night,” he said. “We play to compete and to win. But I’m going to say this: Two years ago, when their third baseman [Pablo Sandoval] ran into [Jonathan] Schoop at second base, we lost Schoop for an extended period of time. Our guys didn’t go out and hit the best Red Sox hitters. We don’t play that way. The organization doesn’t encourage that and Buck doesn’t allow that. And that’s the right way to play baseball.”

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What’s the latest on Steven Wright’s injured knee?

05.03.17 at 5:46 pm ET
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Steven Wright could have knee surgery. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Steven Wright could have knee surgery. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

It appears if all goes well for Kyle Kendrick on Thursday, he could be in the Red Sox rotation for awhile.

Kendrick will take the place of Steven Wright in the rotation, who is on the disabled list with a knee injury. Wright got a second opinion in New York and is now weighing his options, one of which is surgery.

“I don’t have the exact findings of the second opinion,” manager John Farrell said. “I can’t say it’s drastically different than the exam done here. Based on the information Steven has received, based on the information that has been handed to our medical staff, I know Steven is contemplating the options available to him. Surgery’s not ruled out. But what is elected to be done going forward is still up to Steven and the course of action to be taken.”

If he elects to have surgery, it is unclear how long it will keep him out.

“You know, from my understanding, there’s probably options of surgery,” Farrell said. “You may be looking at different recovery rates or timelines for that. that’s why there’s a lot being worked through right now.”

Kendrick has pitched very well in his last two appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket, combining to allow a total of three runs over 14 innings. His most recent start saw him give up just one hit over seven frames.

“Strong spring training, a couple of rough starts to begin the year at Pawtucket,” Farrell said. “Has pitched better of late. The key for him is going to be pitching down the bottom of the zone. Sinkerballer that has come up with a good cutter and a split as well, so how he works ahead in the count for Kyle tomorrow, much like any pitcher that’s going to take the mound, is going to be key.”

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