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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.”

MLB Rumors: Yankees prepared to offer Gerrit Cole record-setting deal

MLB Rumors: Yankees prepared to offer Gerrit Cole record-setting deal

Brace yourselves, Red Sox fans. The New York Yankees appear to be all-in on Gerrit Cole.

Cole, the premier free-agent pitcher on the market, is the Yankees' top offseason priority according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Passan notes ownership has given the go-ahead to offer the right-hander a record-setting deal.

If the Yankees hope to sign Cole, however, they'll have to win a bidding war against both Los Angeles clubs.

Passan writes:

New York and the Los Angeles Angels, a team similarly smitten with Cole and in even greater need of pitching than the Yankees, are preparing for a bidding war that executives expect will reach well beyond $250 million, according to sources. The Los Angeles Dodgers' interest in Cole is acute as well, though they are also considering bids for right-hander Stephen Strasburg and third baseman Anthony Rendon, sources said.

So yeah, Cole is going to make a pretty penny. And it's well-deserved. The 29-year-old went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA last season for the Houston Astros and finished as the runner-up for the American League Cy Young award.

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Ex-Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon thanks fans, organization in heartfelt post

Ex-Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon thanks fans, organization in heartfelt post

The Sandy Leon era in Boston is over, but the catcher clearly is thankful for the five years he spent with the Red Sox.

Leon, who was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Monday for a minor league pitcher, posted a message on Instagram thanking Red Sox fans and the organization.

Here's what he wrote:

Today, I thank God for everything he allowed me to live these past five years. They were filled with unimaginable joy for me and my family. I want to thank the @redsox for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization. You were an extended family during that time. Thank you for being a part of my career. I will live in appreciation of the team. I also want to thank the Boston fans. You guys are the best! Thank you for every encouraging word during each game. Thank you for showing what true passion for a club is. Today, I am convinced that everything I learned and lived during my time with the @redsox will be fundamental for whatever God has in store for me with the @indians Thank you Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Eternally grateful. 🙌🏻

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Hoy quiero darle gracias a Dios por todo lo que me ha permitido vivir en estos últimos 5 años, los cuales han sido llenos de cosas inimaginables para mi familia y para mi. Quiero darle gracias a los @redsox por haberme dado la oportunidad de ser parte de su organización. Fueron como una familia extendida. Les agradezco haber sido parte de mi carrera. Viviré agradecido de ustedes. También quiero dar gracias muy especiales a los fanáticos de Boston ¡SON LOS MEJORES! Gracias por cada palabra de aliento en cada partido. Gracias por mostrarme cómo se puede amar a un equipo. Hoy estoy convencido que todo lo aprendido y vivido en los @redsox será fundamental para lo que Dios me permita vivir en los próximos años con los @indians GRACIAS POR TODO @redsox GRACIAS REDSOX FANS. Eternamente agradecido. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 • • • Today, I thank God for everything he allowed me to live these past five years. They were filled with unimaginable joy for me and my family. I want to thank the @redsox for giving me the opportunity to be a part of their organization. You were an extended family during that time. Thank you for being a part of my career. I will live in appreciation of the team. I also want to thank the Boston fans. You guys are the best! Thank you for every encouraging word during each game. Thank you for showing what true passion for a club is. Today, I am convinced that everything I learned and lived during my time with the @redsox will be fundamental for whatever God has in store for me with the @indians Thank you Red Sox and Red Sox fans. Eternally grateful. 🙌🏻

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Leon didn't exactly strike fear in opposing pitchers during his time in Boston, but he did serve as a trusted battery mate for several Red Sox pitchers. Chris Sale and Rick Porcello, in particular, preferred the Venezuela native as their go-to backstop.

With Leon off the roster, that leaves Christian Vazquez as the lone catcher currently on the Red Sox depth chart.

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