Touch 'Em All: Rays, Red Sox manage to play nice

Posted: June 02, 2014

What if Big Papi declared war and nobody joined up?

It kind of looked that way at Fenway Park on Saturday evening, when the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox tangled one night after David Price hit David Ortiz and Mike Carp with pitches in a 3-2 Sox win in a 10-inning game filled with beanballs, bench-clearing brawls (of the grab-your-partner do-si-do baseball type), and ejections.

After Friday's game, Ortiz got all Bugs Bunny vs. Yosemite Sam about it, announcing "this means war" while preparing a Candygram rigged with a boxing glove. See, Papi figured the plunking was revenge since the Red Sox slugger hit two homers off Price in Game 2 of the ALDS last October.

Price did not apologize, and lobbed a figurative cream pie at Ortiz, observing: "You say stupid stuff when you're mad." (He did note, correctly, that "you can't relate the game we play to a war.")

So, after Carp was hit by the Rays' Jake Odorizzi leading off the second in Saturday night's 7-1 Boston win, fans might have expected fireworks, or at least a lengthy Ortiz oration about how this would not stand.

Nope. Nothing.

That may have been because Odorizzi's intent was clear. He had a 41-pitch third inning - the guy was just trying to get the ball near the plate, and Carp got in the way.

Somehow, Odorizzi managed to miss Ortiz.

Tanaka time

The Yankees' Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka is impressing the heck out of everybody. Just ask the Twins, after the rookie beat them on Saturday, giving up just four singles and striking out nine.

"He's the most backwards pitcher I have ever faced," said Minnesota's Brian Dozier, who scored the Twins' run. "In a hitter's count, he throws his off-speed stuff. He pitches off his splitter, not his fastball."

Added Twins starter Kevin Correia: "He's got a lot of swing-and-miss pitches, and he can throw them anytime in the count."

Meanwhile, the Sporting News reports, the Chicago Cubs are looking to make some extra dough by auctioning off a "game-used" folding chair that Tanaka sat in while at Wrigley Field.

How did they authenticate it? We don't want to know.


mharrington@phillynews.com

This article contains information from the AP.

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