AL East Round Up: Drama Edition

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May 30, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays benches clear after left fielder

Mike Carp

(not pictured) gets hit by a pitch by Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher

David Price

(14) during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox

While the Blue Jays were busy atop the AL East, the Red Sox and Rays were involved in just plain silliness.

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  • This week was marked with benches clearing with the Rays. Oddly, the Rays come off (to me, anyway) looking good. The Red Sox, not so much.

    Silliness- Exhibit A: The Red Sox took the opportunity to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2004 Championship. They brought back all the old guys including Kevin Millar, Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez. Insert eye roll here.

    Good luck with that, boys. Enjoy it. It doesn’t look too good for you this season. Just saying.

    Silliness- Exhibit B: Last Sunday, the Red Sox took exception to Yunel Escobar stealing 3rd base. They started chirping him from the dugout. Then, as you would expect, Jhonny Gomes sprints in from the outfield to “protect his team”. Maybe it wasn’t Escobar stealing 3rd that got them upset. Maybe it was the fact that they were losing their 10th game in a row.

    But, the silliness did not end. The Red Sox seem to think that they are beyond the treatment given to them by David Price, the Rays and the umpires. More on the Rays and Price in a minute. Here are the fireworks:

    Here is what David Ortiz had to say (it wasn’t very nice…or humble):

    Here are some other things to note from the Red Sox:

    Jackie Bradley Jr had an unfortunate mishap with the wall, a ball and what ended up to be an inside the park homerun for the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier. He would be OK, though. Check it out:

    On a positive note, Ian Browne and Quinn Roberts share the Red Sox’ relationship with the Jimmy Fund. If you don’t already know, the Jimmy Fund is a charity raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research. The Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund have been working together for 60 years!

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