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As if Boston needed any more sports stories to soak in, the Red Sox battled the Rays for first place in the AL East and did what they could to get the attention of fans across the city. I think it worked. After a HBP in the second inning, Coco Crisp charged the mound and was pummeled by Dioner Navarro, Jonny Gomes, and Carl Crawford following a swing and a miss from pitcher James Shields.
To add to the drama, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis had to be separated in the dugout after a shouting match. Obviously, no one will disclose what was said, but Manny was photographed chopping at Youk’s neck and shoving him before being restrained. Jacoby Ellsbury left the game after rolling his wrist and Youk took over in right field. Perhaps that has something to do with it? Oh…and the Red Sox won 7-1.
Sox Stud of the Game:
I would say Coco Crisp…but in his only plate appearance he was hit by a pitch then ejected. Rookie Chris Carter stepped in for him to go 2-3 in his first MLB game…but the honor will have to go to Manny Ramirez after he went 2-3 with a HR, walk, and five RBIs. I think Youkilis may have been mad at Manny for his lack of involvment in protecting Coco, because he certainly can’t be mad about his performance.
Diamond Dud of the Game:
I never give this nod to the opposing team, but I have to give it to James Shields for a few reasons. He claims he hit Coco so early in the game to send a message that the Rays will not be stomped on anymore, which I understand. But he probably knew he would get ejected for intentionally throwing at Crisp, and as one of the team’s best pitchers, why would he put them in a position to lose? Also…nice HARD right hook, but it completely missed!