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David Ross on bench-clearing dust-up: ‘I probably shouldn’t have yelled at the pitcher’

04.19.14 at 5:46 pm ET
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The moment spiced things up for a moment, but that was about it.

When both benches cleared in the Red Sox‘€™ 4-2 win over the Orioles Saturday afternoon, it sent a buzz through the Fenway Park crowd. The game was still tied at the moment, Mike Carp was at first base with nobody out and David Ross was the hitter.

After three pitches from Bud Norris flew up and in to the Red Sox catcher –€“ who was attempting a sacrifice bunt on each offering — Ross took exception, yelling out at the Orioles pitcher. Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Ross proceeded to get in one another’€™s face, leading to the brouhaha.

But after the game, it was thought (at least in the Red Sox clubhouse) to be much to do about nothing.

“I think the guy at the time he kind of lost control of the strike zone a little bit. A couple pitches got away from him,” said Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz. “It’€™s a lot of adrenaline going on at the same time and my boy Rossy. He’€™s always a little hyper. The good thing is nothing happened; we stayed right there. The situation could have gotten worse. It happens. It’€™s part of the game.”

Said manager John Farrell: “There were three pitches that I think got away from Norris that ended up close to the head. I think that’€™s where the location of pitches that close up and in is where it might draw some reaction, which obviously it did. I’€™m not surprised we’€™re going to support and have each other’€™s back on the fight. Nothing really escalated from it but just a competitive moment.”

Ross went on to explain why he had the continued reaction he did, getting in the face of Wieters.

“Yeah, I was telling him where I was at, and he was telling me where he was at,” Ross said. “I definitely don’€™t think it was on purpose, just a natural reaction, three balls at my head. I probably shouldn’t have yelled at the pitcher.”

Added Ross: “I think I’€™m sensitive to balls around my dome after having two concussions last year and missing two months. That may have been part of it. I think looking back, I’€™m usually not a guy who does that too often, but balls at my head — plus it was tough to see, late in the ballgame with the shadows. I think all that stuff, trying to get down the bunt probably played into it. We’€™ll turn the page and get after them tomorrow and try to win.”

Ross would ultimately strikeout, but Brock Holt ended up picking the catcher up by launching a run-scoring triple into the right-center gap on the very next at-bat.

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