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The fireworks after Monday’s July 4th game reappeared Friday night at Fenway. Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg threw inside twice at David Ortiz, prompting benches to clear in the eighth inning. After the situation calmed down, Ortiz hit a lazy fly ball and slowly moved out of the batter’s box. Gregg barked at Ortiz, who yelled back and charged the mound.
No one landed any punches, but things got a bit testy on the mound as both benches and bullpens cleared again. Orioles players like Gregg and Nick Markakis felt it was “bush league” of Ortiz to swing at a 3-0 pitch and show up their pitcher (by slowly trotting out of the box) with a seven-run lead in the eighth.
Sox players, meanwhile, speculated that the Orioles were probably a bit frustrated after they got blown out for the second straight night, losing 10-3.
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“I think you show them that we’re not backing down,” Gregg said after the game. “We’re not scared of them—them and their $180 million payroll. We don’t care.”
What did you think of the fight?