Limited Kids Jimmy Graham Jersey Last we saw of the Red Sox-Orioles rivalry, Adam Jones was the subject of Boston’s racial slurs and Chris Sale was throwing behind Manny Machado, who responded with an expletive-laced rant.
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The events all seemed to stem from a game on April 21 in Baltimore, when Machado slid into Boston’s Dustin Pedroia leading to Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes throwing a 90-mph pitch behind Machado’s head.
Fast forward a couple weeks and the two AL East contenders were back in Camden Yards Thursday to renew their rivalry. This time around was incident-free other than the O’s lighting up Red Sox southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez and Jones robbing Mookie Betts of a homer.
Blue Jays pitchers — Facing the Braves, the Toronto pitching staff allowed nine runs on 15 hits with most of the damage coming early and often against starter Marco Estrada, who allowed five runs over six innings of work. Danny Barnes actually took the loss after allowing the Braves’ go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Joe Smith and closer Roberto Osuna didn’t aid in the comeback attempt, allowing three runs between them in a combined inning of work.
Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez hits his second homer of the night, a grand slam in the seventh inning to give the Tigers the lead over the Orioles after trailing by six runs.
Red Sox (20-18) at Cardinals (21-16), 8:15 p.m. ET — Like Kuechel last season, Red Sox ace Rick Porcello (2-5, 4.01 ERA) is struggling early after winning the Cy Young Award in 2016. Things don’t get easier on the right-hander as he squares off against a hot Cardinals offense. Mike Leake (4-2, 1.94 ERA) toes the rubber for the Red Birds at Busch Stadium as each team will don 1967 throwback uniforms to commemorate the Fall Classic of 50 years ago.