|Jim Palmer: David Ortiz should watch how Adam Jones plays, he ‘doesn’t show anybody up’||04.24.15 at 6:37 pm ET|
If you thought the Jim Palmer-David Ortiz drama of the past week was over, think again.
The former Orioles pitcher and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame made a few comments about Ortiz last weekend, and now with the Red Sox being in Baltimore this weekend and Palmer broadcasting the games for MASN, he spoke on the matter again.
Speaking with the Baltimore Sun, Palmer didn’t regret what he said last weekend when he called Ortiz out for being ejected from last Sunday’s game against the Orioles, and thus being suspended for a game.
“I can understand that, but on the other hand I am an analyst,” Palmer said to the paper. “That’s what I was doing. I watch baseball and I looked at it from that angle. To put this to rest, all David Ortiz has to do in this three-game series is watch the way Adam Jones plays the game. If he hits a home run, he puts his head down, runs around the bases, doesn’t show anybody up. To me, that’s the way you play the game.
“He’s entitled to do it any way he wants, but when he throws his whole team under the bus, all the fans who came out to Fenway Park, it’s kind of like a puppy – unconditional love – but at the end of the day, if the puppy doesn’t do the right things, you need to housebreak him.”
Palmer also reportedly didn’t visit the Red Sox clubhouse prior to the game, like he usually does to opposing clubhouses before the game.
“It’s not about me,’’ Palmer said. “It’s about the Orioles starting to pitch better than they have and play defense and the Red Sox are not hitting with runners in scoring position. Those are the important things. I had an opinion on what David Ortiz does. I’m still waiting for somebody from Boston or David to come out and apologize for throwing his team under the bus, because that’s what he did that day.”
|David Ortiz receives 1-game suspension for making contact with umpire following ejection||04.21.15 at 3:40 pm ET|
Major League Baseball announced Tuesday afternoon David Ortiz has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with home plate umpire John Tumpane during the bottom of the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Orioles.
Ortiz was ejected for arguing balls and strikes as he disagreed with third base umpire Jerry Meals, who said he went around on a check swing. The designated hitter dropped his bat in the middle of the at-bat, and after a short argument with Meals was ejected by Tumpane with Ortiz apparently making contact with him.
There was also a disagreement in the first inning between Ortiz and Meals on another check swing.
Ortiz has filed an appeal, so he will be in the lineup Tuesday in Tampa.
|Jim Palmer on MFB clarifies tweets directed towards David Ortiz: ‘I just think he lost his cool’||at 2:00 pm ET|
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and Orioles analyst Jim Palmer joined Middays with MFB Tuesday to discuss his tweets from over the weekend about David Ortiz and him being ejected from Sunday’s game for arguing balls and strikes after a check swing. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Ortiz didn’t like what Palmer said and responded on Monday. Tuesday, Palmer clarified what he meant, and said he has a lot of respect for Ortiz and what he is as a player, as well as what he’s done for the Red Sox and baseball in general.
Palmer felt Ortiz should have used better judgement and not have gotten thrown out because of his value to the Red Sox.
“I just think as a player, your allegiance and your better sense should be in line with what your ball club is trying to do,” Palmer said. “David Ortiz is one heck of a hitter. On his way 500 home runs, he may be the best DH ever. He’s won a lot of games. You think back when he went 11-for-16 in the World Series and had an on-base percentage of 75 percent of the time, was one of the reasons why the Sox won the series in 2013. I don’t think anyone forgets that.”
Added Palmer: “I think maybe it’s a lesson, if I am Mookie Betts — and David may end up getting suspended for this because of his actions afterwards. It will be very interesting what Major League Baseball does. He’s a mentor. He’s a role model for all the young Red Sox.”
Palmer said he also felt like third base umpire Jerry Meals overreacted and may have played a role in Ortiz becoming more and more upset.
“It was an overreaction by [Jerry Meals], but David is the guy that allows the Red Sox to win ball games not the umpire and I just think he lost his cool a little bit,” Palmer said. “I have no animosity towards David. I think he’s a fantastic player. I know what he’s done in the community. I know how important he’s been to the Red Sox. That wasn’t my point. I was just tweeting about what he did on Sunday and I think what I’ve alluded to over the last 48 hours I’ve made that perfectly clear.”
|David Ortiz blasts Jim Palmer over critical tweets: ‘All of sudden, he’s killing me, huh?’||04.20.15 at 4:33 pm ET|
David Ortiz has a bone to pick with Jim Palmer.
The hall of fame pitcher and long time Orioles broadcaster criticized David Ortiz on Twitter Sunday after he flipped his bat and dropped it at the plate after a check-swing that was call strike two by third base umpire Jerry Meals.
Meals yelled at Ortiz long distance and Ortiz returned the favor. When home plate umpire John Tumpane (filling in for Paul Emmel) interceded, Ortiz got in Tumpane’s face and was ejected.
Palmer tweeted: FINALLY Oritz gets tossed with hashtags that included #ZipitOrtiz and #disrespectful. Then, early Monday, Palmer tweeted another not-so thinly veiled shot at Ortiz: O’s fans: Marathon day in Boston. What’s the over under on Ortiz going 9?
Ortiz, asked about Palmer by ESPN’s Gordon Edes after Monday’s rain-shortened 7-1 win, didn’t hold back.
“Actually, I thought he was one of my guys,” Ortiz said. “All of sudden, he’s killing me, huh? I guess anybody who want to get paid, make some noise and come to Papi, right? All right.”
Edes then attempted to provide some perspective and context to the tweet on behalf of Palmer, suggesting Palmer wasn’t hating on Ortiz.
“Oh no?,” Ortiz said, before offering some advice to Palmer, “I don’t need your help. [If] he wants me to respect him, it ain’t going to happen.”
‘ Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) April 19, 2015
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|Closing Time: Rick Porcello struggles, David Ortiz ejected as Red Sox fall to Orioles||04.19.15 at 4:52 pm ET|
Some nights the Red Sox offense will be able to bail a starting pitcher out for not having a good performance, but it’s tough when the starter allows eight runs over five-plus innings.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello allowed eight runs in five-plus innings, as they fell to the Orioles 8-3 Sunday at Fenway Park. The Orioles have won two straight games in the series after the Red Sox had a walkoff win Friday night.
After throwing 96 pitches through the first five innings, Porcello went back out for the sixth and after hitting Caleb Joseph to lead off the inning, allowed three straight hits, including a bases clearing double to Adam Jones, as the Orioles extended their lead to five runs.
Porcello finished going five-plus innings, allowing eight runs on 12 hits, while walking three and striking out six. The 12 hits allowed tied a career-high and his is ERA through three starts is 6.63.
“I thought early on, a 1-0 sinker or a 0-1 sinker that didn’t have the finish to [Adam] Jones for the two-run dinger,” manger John Farrell said. “There ended up being some pitches left up in the strike zone. He had to fight back in the count at times. Left-handers took some good swings against him.”
Through 12 starts, the Red Sox‘ starting rotation has a collective ERA of 6.24.
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits to earn the win. Red Sox hitters finished with six total hits in the game, and just four after the first inning. They finished the game 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Jones. Besides the big double in the sixth, Jones hit a monster home run in the first inning and finished 4-for-5 with five RBI. The five RBI and four hits both tie a career-high.
Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
|Red Sox lineup: Pablo Sandoval, David Ortiz return vs. Orioles||04.17.15 at 3:29 pm ET|
After sitting out the series finale against the Nationals Wednesday afternoon, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and designated hitter David Ortiz return for the series opener against the Orioles Friday night at Fenway Park.
Sandoval left Tuesday’s game after being hit by a pitch on his foot. Manager John Farrell said Wednesday Sandoval could’ve played, but they wanted to give him a day off. Farrell said it was a regular down day for Ortiz.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Shane Victorino, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Ryan Hanigan, C
Joe Kelly, RHP
|Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts ‘ready to go’ following MRI, normal down days for David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval||04.15.15 at 11:51 am ET|
There was cause for concern with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and his knee after missing Tuesday’s game and going for an MRI, but those concerns were lifted with a negative result of the MRI and Bogaerts getting back in the lineup for Wednesday’s series finale against the Nationals.
“The way he presented some of the symptoms, sure there was concern,” manager John Farrell said. “That was why the MRI was taken. It came back clean. He felt a little bit more loose even during the game last night and then reported today with all the stress tests that were given and movements he was put through with no ill affects. Clean bill of health.”
“Bogey is ready to go,” he added. “He went out — not only after getting examined this morning, went out through some running, change in direction, some work on the field, so he is a full go.”
Bogaerts is the team’s best hitter to open the season, as he’s 13-for-30 (.433) with seven RBI.
The news may not be as good for reliever Brandon Workman as it was for Bogaerts.
Workman is seeing Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his right elbow, after being placed on the major league disabled list with a right elbow strain.
“They are actually meeting right now,” Farrell said. “We should have something sometime during the game. I don’t know a definitive update right now.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
— After leaving Tuesday’s game after being hit by a pitch on his left foot, Pablo Sandoval is out of the lineup Wednesday, but not because of the foot — just a down day.
“Panda [Sandoval] is actually ready to go, but felt like this was an opportune time to give him a day off,” said Farrell. “Give us a little bit more of a right-handed lineup even though that puts Brock Holt at third base.”
|David Ortiz shares the stage with Tom Brady and world championship hardware||04.14.15 at 6:19 pm ET|
|David Ortiz: Mookie Betts’ 2 stolen bases was ‘the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in baseball’||04.13.15 at 7:43 pm ET|
David Ortiz has been around the game of baseball a long time, so when he says something was the craziest thing he’s ever seen, it must be pretty good.
What Mookie Betts did in the first inning against the Nationals in Monday’s home opener was that good.
After robbing Bryce Harper of a home run in the top of the first inning, Betts led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk. After Dustin Pedroia flied out to center and Ortiz was batting — and the Nationals were in a shift — Betts took off for second and barely beat shortstop Ian Desmond’s tag.
Then, because of the shift, no one was in the area of third base so he took off and beat pitcher Jordan Zimermann to the bag, albeit a close play once again.
The Nationals challenged the play, but after a lengthy review both plays stood.
“That was fun. That was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in baseball,” Ortiz said. “We were talking about it and I was explaining to him what he did because I don’t think he knows. I mean, I know because when I was telling him what he did he was like, ‘Really?’ I was like, ‘Bro, not even in a few practices you can do that.’ I asked him what he was thinking and he was like, ‘I know they play with a shift so I kind of got up right away and I knew they weren’t catching to catch me.’
“He said he saw where the pitcher was and that was the reason why he started moving to third. I told him, ‘Like a second after the shortstop stopped tagging you that you got up and went, like the shortstop was breathing on you.’ It was unbelievable. That kid is an unbelievable athlete and he’s going to be a star.”
Ortiz himself had a pretty impressive home opener going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a solo home run in the sixth inning. It was his second home run of the season.
This was Ortiz’s 13th Opening Day at Fenway Park, so he is no stranger to the Fenway crowd. But for some, like Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, it was their first taste to the loud roars and electric atmosphere.
Ortiz said he talked to them about it afterwards.
“It’s a fun Opening Day, man,” Ortiz said. “I kind of talked to some of the new guys about it and how they feel about Opening Day. They were like, ‘It’s out of control.’ I was like, ‘Well, that is how it is every day so get used to it.'”
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz, Shane Victorino return||04.09.15 at 3:22 pm ET|
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