Forget Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. The Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have some first-rate hate for each other brewing.
Tampa skipper Joe Maddon didn’t hold back on his thoughts regarding Luke Scott getting plunked in the Rays win over Boston on May 25. The 7-4 victory included a grand slam by Matt Joyce and homer by Elliot Johnson. Red Sox reliever Franklin Morales threw behind the head of Rays DH Luke Scott and eventually hit Scott on the hip with a pitch while the count was 3-1.
“To be really carelessly incompetent on their and truly try to hit someone and throw behind somebody and hitting them in the leg for all the wrong reasons eventually they can get own guys hurt,” Maddon said during his post game talk. “That was ridiculous. It was absurd, idiotic. I’ll use all those words.”
Maddon, who was even more intense during his twitter, also added. “We don’t start stuff. We’ll finish stuff, but we don’t start it.”
Bobby Valentine fired back by accusing the Rays of making the situation worse. How many more times do these guys play each other this season? Should be fun to watch.
A vote of confidence is always nice, but is it wise? Even though New York Met first baseman Ike Davis has struggled through a horrible start to the 2012 season, manager Terry Collins has said he will not demote Davis to Triple-A Buffalo. Batting just .168 with five home runs going into the weekend Davis hasn’t been anywhere close to what he was last season in his breakout 2010 rookie year when he clubbed 19 home runs.
Rumors were swirling that Davis would be sent down. Heck, it got so obvious at one point that Davis himself even asked New York Daily News Mets beat writer Andy Martino when would he start writing about how he should be sent back down. But Collins believes in Davis and thinks he can work through his troubles while with the big club.
And the odd season-long journey of playing the entire schedule on the road had a new twist for the “Empire State” Yankees. Jack Cust hit a walk off home run to give the Yankees the 8-7 win over Buffalo on May 25. What’s so odd about that you may ask? Answer. Coca-Cola Field, home of the Bisons, is one of the parks that is hosting the Yankees while PNC Field undergoes reconstruction. So for this four-game series the Yanks were the designated “home team.” So the Yanks batted in the the bottom of the 10th. So even after Cust hit his shot very few people seemed to realize the game was actually over. Cust was among those who needed that extra second to realize
the game was over.
“I saw their third baseman leaving and I was like ‘oh bleep! It’s a walk off. Nice. We get to leave now,” Cust told the Buffalo News after the game.
Cust hit two more long ball’s in Saturday’s game.
New York Mets Jenrry Mejia, who is on the road to return after Tommy John, was promoted to Triple-A on Saturday and is expected to get the start for Buffalo on May 30. Mejia was 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in five starts with the Bisons last year when he was shut down. He had Tommy John Surgery on May 16,2011.
Mike Hessman (Oklahoma City) went 5-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and four RBI in a win over Reno on May 24. Hessman’s 339 home runs leads all active minor league players.