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Outstanding in the Field

Adam Jones seemed to have a personal vendetta against Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts. In the second he nailed Xander Bogaerts at second base when the shortstop attempted to eke out a double. Travis Snider had a Jonesian moment in the second inning. Right after Jones’s assist Snider did the same thing to Pablo Sandoval. The feat was somewhat less impressive as Sandoval isn’t a fast runner, but Snider’s throw had to be on the money to eliminate the Red Sox third baseman. After those two plays the outfield’s theatrics weren’t done. Betts lined what could have been a double in Jones’s direction. Betts was robbed by Jones when the Orioles center fielder made a stretching leap to end the frame. Jones took away extra bases from Betts again in the fifth inning with a diving snare of a quickly sinking fly ball. According to Don Orsillo, Betts sought out Jones for advice on fielding in center when the Red Sox rookie found out he wasn’t going to be playing the infield. Nice of Jones to give Betts a little refresher; clearly Betts has been forgetting to blow a bubble before making the play. The Red Sox have the worst...

Fallen Umpires

Things were looking up in the bottom of the first. Hanley Ramirez launched a three-run jack into the Monster Seats to put his team ahead 3-2. The celebration lasted until the fifth inning when Rick Porcello gave up a bushel of singles and a sacrifice fly to lose the lead. Adam Jones piled on in the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double that clanged off the far part of the left field wall. Paul Emmel left the game with an undisclosed injury in the middle of the fourth inning. John Tumpane, who was at second base, replaced Emmel at home plate. With the switch there was a net loss of 11 years of major league umpiring experience behind the dish. In the fifth inning David Ortiz took issue with third base umpire Jerry Meals’s ruling that he went around on a swing. Ortiz had done the same thing in the first inning and Emmel didn’t toss the designated hitter. Tumpane ejected Ortiz and the hitter made his displeasure known. Pablo Sandoval played a part in the Orioles’ three-run onslaught in the sixth. Everth Cabrera bunted the ball down the third base line and it looked like it could go foul....


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