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Kevin Gausman gets ejected in 2nd inning after hitting Xander Bogaerts

Kevin Gausman gets ejected in 2nd inning after hitting Xander Bogaerts

On Kevin Gausman’s 20th pitch of the night and his first pitch of the second inning, he hung a breaking ball to Xander Bogaerts.

Bam. Gone.

Home-plate ump and crew chief Sam Holbrook tossed Gausman, the Orioles starter, after he hit Bogaerts in the back — an unwarranted ejection considering the pitch went 76 mph.

In the strange tale of the Red Sox and Orioles this season, now the umpiring crew is involved. And the Orioles have every right to be unhappy. Dipping into the bullpen in the second inning could hurt the Orioles for days.

No were warnings were issued before the game at Fenway Park. They didn’t have to be, in effect, because commissioner Rob Manfred probably put everyone on edge when he held a conference call that included both teams’ managers.

Farrell before the game explained why it's a better scenario for teams that no warnings are issued.

“When you do that at the outset before the game even starts, I think it affects the play of the game, because still pitchers have to pitch to both sides of the plate,” Farrell said. “They have to pitch with some conviction and say if you're trying to throw a fastball in on a hitter, whether for a strike or in off the plate for effect, which is common. If you don't have that conviction, that is when the results probably aren't what you're looking to get. When you have a warning, the pitcher may be a little bit more tentative throwing a pitch in on a guy."

So much for that.

Holbrook chucked Gausman immediately. Catcher Caleb Joseph might have been the angriest of all, jumping up into Holbrook’s face.

The Orioles will likely be angry after Wednesday's game, but that anger may finally be directed somewhere other than the Sox.

Mookie Betts on Wednesday afternoon talked of moving on from the bad blood, as did Farrell.

“You have two teams that are highly competitive,” Farrell said before the game. “Two teams that support one another on their club. That hasn't been a one incident type of situation. I think that is pretty clear. We're looking forward to playing a good hard brand of baseball. We know there's some pitches that have gotten away from both sides.”

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.