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.
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.
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.
This article contains information from the AP.