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Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit is what I wish’ 08.19.13 at 3:39 am ET
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Yankees manager Joe Girardi was equal parts comedian and labor analyst following Sunday night’s game that featured the drilling of Alex Rodriguez on the left arm and rib cage by Ryan Dempster.

Girardi made it clear several times that what bothered him the most was that home plate umpire Brian O’Nora didn’t immediately eject Dempster for what he thought was clearly intent to hit Rodriguez. Instead it was Girardi who was ejected.

One working theory is that Dempster was taking matters into his own hands by drilling Rodriguez for the shame he’s brought to baseball and the MLB Players Association. On Friday, Jon Lester was quoted as saying Rodriguez ‘spit in the face’ of baseball by allegedly cheating with performance enhancing drugs several times.

On Sunday night, after throwing a pitch behind his knees and then working the count to 3-0, Dempster hit Rodriguez with a fastball inside.

“You saw me on the top step. I never stand on the top step when he threw the first one behind him,” Girardi said. “You’d have to be really unaware and not paying attention to not know he threw at him on purpose.

“[O'Nora] should say that’s it. You had your shot. The first three were down the zone and the next one was up. It’s not right. You don’t take the law into your own hands. You don’t do that. We’re going to skip the judicial system? It’s ‘My Cousin Vinny.'”

The Yankees erased a 6-3 deficit thanks in part to Rodriguez, whose solo homer ignited a four-run sixth inning for New York in a 9-6 Yankee win.

“I’m sure it did,” Girardi said when asked if the Rodriguez incident fired up his team. “I don’t know I was gone. They rallied and responded.”

Girardi says Dempster can’t hide behind the Players Association brotherhood in defense of his actions Sunday night.

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Alex Rodriguez thinks Ryan Dempster was ‘silly and unprofessional’ at 2:40 am ET
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Alex Rodriguez didn’t charge the mound after getting hit on the left elbow and ribs with a Ryan Dempster 3-0 fastball in the second inning Sunday night.

The embattled Yankee superstar saved up his revenge for a solo homer that started a four-run sixth inning in New York’s 9-6 win.

“Honestly, I had like 15 of my teammates come up and say, ‘hit a [expletive] bomb and walk it off,” Rodriguez said. “They were pissed off and so was I.

“It was the ultimate revenge.”

Then afterward, he let Dempster have it with a tirade.

“Whether you like me or hate me, what’s wrong is wrong,” Rodriguez said. “It was unprofessional and silly, and kind of a silly way to get someone hurt on your team as well.”

Rodriguez said he’s not worried that Sunday’s incident could be repeated down the stretch of the season.

“I’m not at all,” he said. “That today kind of brought us together. Joe’s reaction was amazing. Every single one of my teammates came up to me and said, ‘hit a bomb and walk it off’ and they were as pissed as I was.”

There was a moment of comic relief when Rodriguez, appealing a 211-game MLB suspension for PED use, was asked if he thought Dempster should be suspended.

“I’m the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions. I have an attorney I can recommend. Don’t ask me that question.”

Yankees manager Joe Girardi charged out of the dugout, appealing to home plate umpire Brian O’Nora that he be ejected for intentionally throwing at Rodriguez. Did Rodriguez expect this at some point?

“Look, my only focus is to play baseball and to play baseball the right way,” he said. “That was silly and unprofessional, and my teammates reacted. I thought Joe’s reaction was incredible. Hopefully, we can take this and build some momentum for the rest of the year.”

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Shane Victorino feels for Gerardo Parra but says Fenway sun ‘should teach him a lesson’ 08.04.13 at 9:27 pm ET
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Right field at Fenway Park on a sunny afternoon can be one of the hardest positions to play in all of baseball. Sunday was a classic exhibit of why.

Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra, who spent extra time in right working with coaches before the series started on Friday, dropped a line drive off the bat of David Ortiz in the first inning. Then, he lost a Jacoby Ellsbury pop fly to shallow right that allowed a run to score in a two-run sixth for Boston. The Red Sox didn’t capitalize on his first mistake but did later as they beat the Diamondbacks, 4-0.

Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino certainly had his moments. He crashed into the wall with his left hip trying unsuccessfully to catch a foul fly in the third inning. In the ninth, he experienced what Parra did earlier, when he lost Martin Prado’s fly to shallow right.

“I take pride in my defense. Unfortunately, in that last inning, I lost that ball in the sun,” Victorino said. “The ball against the wall, if I get a chance to make an out, sometimes I get a little carried away. It was a little dangerous there but again, I felt like I could make the play. Obviously, it hit my glove. As they always say the rule is if it hits your glove, you should catch it. So I was upset at myself for not catching it. Sometimes, there’s some risk involved. Again, collectively if you look at what we’ve done in the outfield. Jonny has made some great plays. The other night, he crashed into the wall.

“You have to continue those kind of things. Anytime, you can get an out, put a glove on it and catch it, every out counts.”

Victorino gave up his body on the foul fly in the third, something he doesn’t regret.

“It was my left hip,” he said. “My left hip hit the wall pretty well. It didn’t really feel too comfortable. But actually, I don’t know if that was a good thing that I hit the wall with my left hip. It might have made everything feel better on my left side. So, again, anytime I have the chance to make a catch, I’m going to try and make it. Knock on wood I came away unscathed from a serious injury. I’m going to continue to play that way.”

Victorino, who was hit by a pitch on the left arm a half-inning after his dive into the stands, said it was a battle all day as the sun came out in the second inning and stayed out for the rest of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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John Henry reaches deal to buy Boston Globe 08.02.13 at 10:39 pm ET
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John Henry came into Boston in 2002 promising to break the “Curse of the Bambino” and deliver a World Series championship to Red Sox fans throughout New England. This season, under Henry’s management, the Red Sox have produced another remarkable turnaround from last place to the best record in the American League.

Apparently, he will get the chance to try his turnaround magic on the Boston Globe.

According to Peter Gammons, Henry has been selected by The New York Times Co., the Globe’s current owner, to take over the newspaper, according to a report on his website Gammons Daily. The price is speculated to range anywhere between $70 and $120 million.

Update: The Globe has confirmed the purchase agreement reached by Henry.

Henry’s Red Sox already own a majority stake in NESN and sports teams marrying media entities is hardly groundbreaking. FOX Entertainment Group owned the Dodgers. The Tribune Co. owned the Cubs and Ted Turner owned the Braves. The Knicks and Rangers are owned by the Dolan family, which owns Cablevision. But in this case it’s the sports franchise buying the media outlet.

The Globe reported on Wednesday that Henry was going to submit a bid for the newspaper as a solo buyer after an attempt to purchase the Globe through New England Sports Network did not materialize. Henry also owns the soccer powerhouse Liverpool Reds of the Barclay’s Premier League.

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Red Sox-Rays rained out, make-up set for Monday at Fenway 07.25.13 at 7:39 pm ET
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Thursday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Rays was rained out at Fenway Park. The game will be made up Monday night at 6:10 p.m. at Fenway.

The lights came on at Fenway Park at 6 p.m., about one hour before first pitch the tarp remains on the field as steady showers, which began around 4 p.m., continued in the immediate area of Fenway Park.

With the window of dry weather too small in between heavy pockets of rain on the radar, the decision was made by the umpires and Major League Baseball to postpone until Monday, a mutual day off for both clubs. The Rays are in New York to take on the Yankees this weekend while the Red Sox will be in Baltimore before returning home for a homestand that originally set to begin on Tuesday against Seattle.

The decision to postpone was taken out of the hands of the Red Sox and placed in the authority of the umpires and Major League Baseball since Thursday marked the final trip in Boston this season for Tampa Bay.

John Lackey was scheduled to oppose Jeremy Hellickson in the series wrap-up. The Rays won two of the first three to close Boston’s lead in the division to a half-game before Thursday’s washout.

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Red Sox-Rays in delay at 7:01 pm ET
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Thursday’s series finale between the Red Sox and Rays is officially in delay.

The lights came on at Fenway Park at 6 p.m., about one hour before first pitch the tarp remains on the field as steady showers, which began around 4 p.m., continued in the immediate area of Fenway Park.

John Lackey is scheduled to oppose Jeremy Hellickson in the series wrap-up. The game is a critical one in the AL East, as the Rays have taken two of the first three to close Boston’s lead in the division to a half-game.

If the game is postponed, the likely make-up date will be on Monday as both teams have a mutual day off. The Rays are in New York to take on the Yankees this weekend while the Red Sox will be in Baltimore before returning home for a homestand that originally set to begin on Tuesday against Seattle.

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David Price is ready for Red Sox if he sees them in playoffs at 10:26 am ET
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David Price knows the reputation of the Red Sox.

The reigning 2012 American League Cy Young winner needed just 97 pitches to dispatch of the Red Sox, 5-1, at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.

“Our plate approach is going to go in with a specific game plan, and that’s to try to grind out at-bats,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “But we’ve got to adjust to the pitcher on the mound, and he forced us to swing the bat earlier in the count. A lot of ground balls. A lot of balls at people. That’s what can happen.”

“If they want to keep taking, that’s fine. They’ll be 0-2 pretty quick,” Price said, talking like a pitcher who was very confident with his command. “They’re a tough team. They are. One through nine is extremely good. They have a guy [Jose Iglesias] hitting in the nine hole who’s hitting .350, so that’s pretty good.”

While Iglesias has slipped to .343, Price’s point is still well taken.

“He threw some pitches we could’ve hit, but we just didn’t do it,” Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Price’s control in the strike zone.

Coming back from a triceps injury, Price has looked like the anchor of the staff that Tampa Bay needs him to be.

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