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Four Red Sox Ejected in Walk-Off Win

Four Red Sox Ejected in Walk-Off Win

Winslow Townson/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- A.J. Pierzynski hit a walk-off triple in the bottom of the tenth inning as the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat Tampa Bay, 4-3, on Friday night. The game included four ejections, all against the Red Sox (25-29), and a pair of benches clearing scuffles.

It all began in the bottom of the first inning when David Price plunked David Ortiz on the first pitch. That prompted warnings to be issued to be both teams and for Boston manager John Farrell to be ejected. Price later hit Mike Carp in the forth, clearing the dugouts for the first time. When Price did not get tossed for hitting his second batter of the game, bench coach and interim manager Torey Lovullo expressed his displeasure by throwing his hat to the ground.

Red Sox starter Brandon Workman retaliated by throwing behind Tampa Bay's (23-32) Evan Longoria in the sixth. Both Workman and then-manager Brian Butterfield to also be ejected, making hitting coach Greg Colbrunn the fourth skipper of the day.

"When we have four people ejected and also have three people hit by pitches, and they have none, that's a hard one to figure out," said Farrell.

Boston would get the last laugh though. Trailing 2-0 in the fifth, Ortiz laced an RBI single to left before Xander Bogaerts doubled home the tying run in the seventh. It would remain scoreless until the tenth when Jonny Gomes walked ahead of Pierzynski's game-winning hit. It was the Red Sox fifth straight win after losing 10 in a row.

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Red Sox Beat Braves, Snap Skid

Red Sox Beat Braves, Snap Skid

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- David Ortiz hadn't homered since May 14 and was hitting just .118 with no runs batted in in his last 10 games. Coincidentally, the Boston Red Sox had not won since May 14 and lost their previous 10 contests.

In the top of the sixth inning, trailing 6-3 at Atlanta, and with two runners on base, Ortiz launched a three-run homer to left center that tied the ballgame. He later drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh as the Red Sox (21-29) defeated the Braves, 8-6, to snap their longest skid in two decades.

"It's been too long since we last shook hands following a win," said Boston manager John Farrell. The Red Sox were in danger of tying the record for most consecutive losses by a defending World Series champion. The 1998 Florida Marlins dropped 11 in a row twice during their 1997 title defense. Boston had not lost 10 straight since the 1994 season.

An optimistic start for the Red Sox saw Jackie Bradley, Jr. drive in Grady Sizemore for the games first run in the third. However, starting pitcher Clay Buchholz walked a career high eight batters and did not make it out of the fourth inning. The Braves (28-22) scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to chase the righty.

"It seems to be snowballing on me right now," said Buchholz who allowed six runs on four hits before being lifted in the fourth without recording an out.

Boston rallied though, beginning with a two-run single by Dustin Pedroia in the sixth, which immediately preceeded Ortiz's game-tying blast off Atlanta's Ervin Santana. There was a near 90-minute rain delay before the inning was finally ended.

The Red Sox bats, and bullpen, finally came through when Ortiz lifted a fly ball to deep right field in the seventh that put Boston ahead, 7-6. A.J. Pierzynski then singled home another run while the bullpen held Atlanta off the boards for the final five innings.

Ian Thomas (1-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up the two runs in the seventh, while Edward Mujica (2-1) got the win for Boston. Koji Uehara earned his 10th save of the season, getting Andrelton Simmons to ground into a game-ending double play in the ninth.

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Arenado Breaks Finger, Will Miss “Some Time”

Arenado Breaks Finger, Will Miss “Some Time”

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- The Colorado Rockies could be without third baseman Nolan Arenado for a significant amount of time. That is after the second year player fractured his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base Friday night.

"He'll miss some time," said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. "It's tough news for our club. He's off to a great start and a hell of a player."

Arenado was hitting .305 with six home runs and 28 runs batted in to begin the season. The injury came in the top of the second when he hit a double to left. Arenado dove head first, ahead of the tag from Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. 

Following a review of the play, which was upheld, Arenado grabbed at his left hand but stayed in the game and later scored. He was replaced in the field by Charlie Culberson in the bottom of the second.

Currently, Arenado is listed as day-to-day but could miss 6-8 weeks if he opts to have surgery. The Rockies would end up losing, 3-2, to Atlanta.

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Tigers Sweep Defending Champs in Boston

Tigers Sweep Defending Champs in Boston

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON, Mass.) -- In a rematch of the 2013 American League Championship Series, the outcome was decidedly different. With a 6-2 win on Sunday night, the Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game and swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox.

The last time these two teams met, Boston completed an improbable Game 6 comeback to eventually move on and win their third World Series title in the last decade. Thanks to an impressive offensive performance, the Tigers got a small stroke of revenge and earned their first sweep at Fenway Park since 1983.

Boston took an early 1-0 lead on a Xander Bogaerts' RBI single in the second inning. The lead did not last long as Detroit scored three times in the third. Miguel Cabrera knotted the score with an RBI single before Victor Martinez launched his tenth home run of the season, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Detroit owns the best record in the majors at 27-12 and has now won 11 consecutive games on the road and 15 of their last 18 overall. 

"It really comes down to the starting pitching and the bullpen," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. "The starters have set the tempo and got us deep into the game. We've also got some big hits. Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long."

That same blueprint led to success on Sunday night. Anibal Sanchez (1-2), returning from a brief stint on the disabled list, went five innings allowing just two runs on five hits. Meanwhile, Tigers hitters roughed up Jake Peavy (1-2), scoring five runs and totalling 11 hits against the Red Sox (20-23) starter.

Ian Kinsler had four hits while Cabrera and Martinez each drove in a pair of runs.  Tori Hunter added a solo shot in the seventh, increasing the lead to 6-2.

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Rockies Turn Triple Play, Walk-Off Against San Diego

Rockies Turn Triple Play, Walk-Off Against San Diego

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) -- On Sunday afternoon the Colorado Rockies did something that has only been done four times in the last 26 years: turn a triple play and hit a walk-off home run in the same game. Justin Morneau became just the second player during that span to be a part of both as the Rockies defeated San Diego 8-6 in 10 innings.

In the third inning, with runners on first and second, Carlos Quentin grounded to third baseman Nolan Arenado who stepped on the bag for the first out. He then fired to second baseman D.J. LeMahieu for a second out who fired on to Morneau at first. Quentin was called safe by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez, but second base umpire Seth Buckminster ruled that Seth Smith interfered with LeMahieu's throw and ruled Quentin out on baserunner interference.

"That was different than anything I've ever seen," Morneau said of the play.

Smith had homered in the first to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. However, his interference ignited Colorado who ended up scoring four runs in the home half of the third. The Rockies would eventually hold a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth, but closer LaTroy Hawkins gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Everth Cabrera.

That set the stage for Morneau, who came up with two outs and one on in the bottom of the tenth. Morneau would take Dale Thayer deep to center for the game-winner, joining Milwaukee's Prince Fielder (2009) as the only other player to be involved in a triple play and hit a walk-off home run in the same game since 1988.

It was the first triple play turned by the Rockies since 2007 when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki converted an unassisted triple play against the Atlanta. The last time San Diego hit into a triple play was in 2012 at Los Angeles against the Dodgers. 

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Goldschmidt Leads Rout of Dodgers

Goldschmidt Leads Rout of Dodgers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Ariz.) -- Paul Goldschmidt had two home runs and six RBI's as the Arizona Diamondbacks routed Los Angeles 18-7 on Saturday. Clayton Kershaw (2-1) could not get out of the second inning, giving up seven runs in the loss.

"We hadn't really broken out this year and tonight we did," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them."

Los Angeles attempted multiple comebacks, closing the gap to 9-7 in the top of the sixth inning. However, the Diamondbacks never let up, scoring nine unanswered runs over their final three at-bats. Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 13-7 game before adding a two-run shot in the eighth.

"It was nice because we hadn't been scoring much lately, this entire year," Goldschmidt said. "We've had better at-bats lately and tonight was a really, really good effort."

A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also went yard for Arizona while Martin Prado drove in three runs and Chris Owens finished a single shy of the cycle. Chase Anderson (2-0) got the win despite giving up five runs in five and one-third innings.

The Diamondbacks set franchise records for hits in a nine inning game (21), extra base hits (13) and triples with inning, doing it three times in the second. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig's two-run homer set a Dodger record for consecutive games with an extra-base hit (9) and tied another franchise mark for consecutive games with an RBI (8).

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La Russa Takes Over Diamondbacks

La Russa Takes Over Diamondbacks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tony La Russa is back in Major League Baseball, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks front office. La Russa was introduced Saturday as the chief baseball officer for the Diamondbacks and will oversee all baseball operations.

"It's the first day I woke up and I felt a difference," La Russa said. "Because for the first time since then you're back with an organization and at the end of the day you're going to be judged by how well your contribution is to the organization's competition. That's how I grew up."

Arizona is off to one of the worst starts in franchise history, sitting 11 games below five-hundred. This will the first stint in a Major League front office for the Hall of Famer. As part of his new role, La Russa will report directly to team president Derrick Hall and work with manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers to build a new future for the Diamondbacks.

A two-time World Series champion manager, La Russa left baseball in 2011 after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to another title. He recently was a special assistant to commissioner Bud Selig before accepting a position with Arizona. La Russa also guided the Oakland Athletics to a world title in 1989 joining Sparky Anderson as the only two managers to win a championship in both leagues.

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Sterling May Refuse to Pay Fine, Sue NBA

Sterling May Refuse to Pay Fine, Sue NBA

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling isn't going away that easy.

An attorney for the banned owner says that not only will Sterling refuse to pay a $2.5 million fine, but that he may sue the NBA if not afforded due process.

Antitrust lawyer Max Blecher reportedly sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver detailing the potential for a lawsuit. According to SI.com, Blecher's correspondence stated that "no punishment is warranted" for Sterling's racist comments made in April. The letter also declared that Sterling's "due process rights" were violated during the league's investigation.

The fine imposed on Sterling was due this week but has not been paid and, according to Blecher, it will not be paid.

Sterling was banned for life by Silver who has advocated for league owners to oust the Clippers owner from the NBA.

A 75 percent majority vote from the other 29 owners is needed to remove Sterling from his position with the franchise. His ownership could also be terminated if the fine is not paid within 30 days of notice.

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Jose Fernandez to Have Tommy John Surgery

Jose Fernandez to Have Tommy John Surgery

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) -- What was feared true has now become fact. Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Friday.

The announcement came prior to Miami's game at San Francisco by manager Mike Redmond. "Our focus is to get him back," he added. "I'm glad he's having it done and starting his recovery process. Obviously it's a big blow for us."

Fernandez is expected to miss 12 to 18 months following the procedure.

The 21-year-old was put on the disabled list last week after struggling in an outing against San Diego.

The Marlins' righty was 4-2 on the season with a 2.44 earned run average in eight starts. Fernandez led the league with 70 strikeouts after winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award in 2013.

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