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Jonathan Papelbon ejected from game for making obscene gesture 09.14.14 at 9:17 pm ET
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Jonathan Papelbon argues with umpire Joe West after being ejected for making an obscene gesture. (Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon argues with umpire Joe West after being ejected for making an obscene gesture. (Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon’s uneasy relationship with Philadelphia fans was amped up Sunday.

The Phillies closer was ejected by umpire Joe West after apparently grabbing his crotch on the way back to the dugout after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Marlins. Papelbon executed the act while being showered with boos from the Citizens Bank Park crowd.

Here is a glimpse of the incident (courtesy @CorkGaines):

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After being ejected, Papelbon confronted West, going chest-to-chest with the veteran umpire until West ultimately grabbed the closer’s jersey and ushered him away. (Click here for video of the Papelbon/West confrontation.)

Earlier this season Papelbon invited Phillies fans to boo him.

Red Sox lineup: Dustin Pedroia returns for series-opener vs. Blue Jays 09.05.14 at 3:37 pm ET
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Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup for the Red Sox‘ series-opener against the Blue Jays Friday night at Fenway Park. Pedroia had missed the previous five games with concussion-like symptoms after a collision in last Saturday’s game against the Rays. Pedroia is hitting second, with Mookie Betts dropping down to seventh in the lineup after hitting second each of the last three games. Brock Holt remains in the leadoff spot.


Brock Holt, 3B

Dustin Pedroia, 2B

David Ortiz, DH

Yoenis Cespedes, LF

Mike Napoli, 1B

Danial Nava, RF

Mookie Betts, CF

Xander Bogaerts, SS

Christian Vazquez, C

Allen Webster, SP

For complete batter matchups vs. Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison, click here.

Jackie Bradley Jr. defends his work ethic 09.03.14 at 3:13 pm ET
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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. took to Twitter Wednesday to deny multiple reports that his attitude factored into last month’€™s demotion to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Bradley, who was hitting .216/.288/.290 at the major league level in 112 games prior to his demotion, wrote that his character isn’€™t an issue.

In 14 games for Pawtucket, Bradley is hitting .212/.246/.273.

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Rusney Castillo headed to Double-A Portland 09.01.14 at 5:12 pm ET
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Rusney Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk in Monday’€™s Gulf Coast League title game, making him 1-for-5 through two professional games and closing the book on his GCL stint.

The Red Sox revealed Monday that Castillo will head to Double-A Portland Wednesday for the start of their postseason against Binghamton.

Castillo, whom the Sox signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month, went 1-for-2 Sunday as he made his professional debut. He was also thrown out stealing.

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Clay Buchholz (98 pitches) throws 3-hit shutout, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts provide spark in win 08.31.14 at 4:33 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz was in complete command Sunday against Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)

Clay Buchholz was in complete command Sunday against Tampa Bay. (Getty Images)

The very good Clay Buchholz showed up Sunday at Tropicana Field.

The right-hander held the Rays to three hits and recorded his second shutout of 2014 — and second complete game — in a 3-0 Red Sox win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Buchholz, coming off a strong 8 1/3-inning effort last Monday in Toronto, followed it up Sunday by striking out six and walking none in arguably his best effort of the season.

Buchholz, who retired the final 12 batters he faced, needed just 98 pitches for his sixth career shutout.

It’s been a schizophrenic season for Buchholz, who improved to 6-8 with a 5.43 ERA.

The Red Sox suddenly have found their way on the road, winning two out of three in Toronto and following it up by winning two of three as part of the four-game series at Tampa Bay. The series wraps up Monday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

Supporting Buchholz Sunday was rookie center fielder Mookie Betts, who went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, while Xander Bogaerts also had two hits in his second game back from the seven-day disabled list due to a concussion.

Betts and Bogaerts each doubled while Christian Vazquez singled in the first run in the third inning. Betts singled home Brock Holt in the fifth and David Ortiz singled home Betts in the eighth for insurance and to conclude the scoring on the day.

The Red Sox played the game without second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who received the day off after taking a forearm to the head early in Saturday night’s game. Pedroia still is going through the concussion testing protocol and won’t need to go on the disabled list as rosters expand to 40 players on Monday.

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Friday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Anthony Ranaudo vs. Chris Archer 08.29.14 at 10:42 am ET
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Chris Archer

Chris Archer

With the Red Sox and Rays holding firm in the bottom two spots in the American League East, Friday’s game in St. Petersburg, Florida, holds little importance in terms of postseason implications. However, with Chris Archer on the mound for Tampa — opposite young Sox hurler Anthony Ranaudo — there could be some intensity to the series opener.

When Archer (8-6, 3.09 ERA) last faced the Sox on July 27, he surrendered a three-run home run to David Ortiz and lost the game 3-2. Afterward, Archer echoed then-teammate David Price‘s assertion that Ortiz “feels like he’s bigger than the game” because the slugger “pimped a home run off me.”

Ortiz, who is 5-for-12 against Archer, said the 25-year-old is “not the right guy to be saying that. I don’t think, you know, you’ve got two days in the league, you can’t be just [whining] and complaining about [expletive] like that.”

Archer has struggled again the Sox, going 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA in six career starts, but he’s pitched well of late. When he held the Blue Jays to one run over seven innings in his last outing Sunday, it was his eighth quality start in 10 appearances. He has a 1.40 ERA and 30 strikeouts over his last four appearances, encompassing 25 2/3 innings.

Ranaudo (2-0, 4.50) will be called up from Triple-A to pitch in Friday’s game. The 24-year-old last pitched in the majors Aug. 13, allowing four runs in six innings to the Reds.

On Tuesday Ranaudo was named the International League‘s Most Valuable Player. He is 14-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 24 starts for Pawtucket.

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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Marcus Stroman 08.27.14 at 11:44 am ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Coming off two straight extra-innings victories over the Blue Jays, the Red Sox send Joe Kelly to the mound opposite rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman in Wednesday’s series finale at Rogers Centre.

Kelly (0-1, 4.09 ERA) is looking for his first win in his fifth start with the Sox since being acquired from the Cardinals on July 31. He pitched five scoreless innings in his last start, allowing just one hit, but he left the game after 86 pitches due to a shoulder concern, and Sox closer Koji Uehara proceeded to implode in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

The Sox medical staff checked out Kelly after removing him and found nothing to prevent him from taking the ball for his next scheduled start.

“Joe came in and felt no ill effects from [Friday] night after a battery of tests that he went through after the game that didn’t reproduce any of the symptoms,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said the day after. “It was followed up with him feeling well [Saturday] morning and he’s on target to start in five days.”

Stroman (7-5, 4.11 ERA) held the Red Sox to one run over 14 innings in back-to-back wins for the rookie on July 24 and 29. The Duke product has struggled since then, however, going 0-3 with an 8.66 ERA in four starts.

In his most recent outing, Friday against the Rays, Stroman gave up six runs on a season-high 10 hits with three walks in five innings of an 8-0 loss. Despite pitching on six days’ rest, Stroman saw his winless streak reach four starts.

“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said afterward. “I couldn’t keep my team in it today to get a win.”

The 23-year-old — who at 5-foot-9 is one of the game’s shortest pitchers — has 20 games of major league experience, all coming this season.

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