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Jackie Bradley Jr. to get MRI after hurting thumb on slide

Jackie Bradley Jr. to get MRI after hurting thumb on slide

CLEVELAND — Jackie Bradley Jr. will head back to Boston on Wednesday morning for an MRI after he hurt his left thumb sliding into home plate in Tuesday’s 9-1 win over the Indians. X-Rays taken after Bradley was removed from the game at Progressive Field were negative.

Bradley was racing home in the seventh inning and went into a feet-first slide angled to the outside of the plate when he hit his hand awkwardly on the ground. Catcher Yan Gomes didn’t get the tag down in time.

“I’m not worried about it, no,” said Bradley, who will return to Cleveland later Wednesday, but is not expected to play right away. “Right now, it feels alright. I guess, as good it can be kind of after the injury. But, I feel like I’ll be alright.”

Bradley, who earlier in the game hit his 14th home run of the season, decided to change his slide at the last minute.

“As I was coming around third, a few steps before home plate I wanted to slide headfirst because I could control it,” Bradley said. “I wasn’t going to slide anywhere near him. I was going to slide headfirst and just have my hand just kind of reach around. But as I was approaching I kind of could see him gather it. He started coming to kind of block off the plate, so I kind of had to redirect my slide. 

“I actually slid feet first, but I also slid to the outside part of the plate, tried to avoid the tag and then slapped my hand at the back of the plate. And as I slapped the back of the plate, his glove kind of got me in the forearm, and my thumb got caught with the ground and kind of bent in all directions I guess.”

Sox manager John Farrell wasn’t pleased with the lane Gomes allowed Bradley.

But it’s hard to see what Gomes did wrong, by the rules, which state “it shall not be considered a violation of [the rule] if the catcher blocks the pathway of the runner in a legitimate attempt to field the throw.”

Gomes didn’t end up fully blocking the base line and he made what looked like a normal effort to get the ball where it was thrown. 

The initial safe call was challenged by the Indians and was upheld. Farrell was going to ask the umpires to look at a different aspect had the call been overturned

“He’s got to give a lane, didn’t feel like there was a lane being given at all,” Farrell said. “He had to reach back and unfortunately it puts him in a position where the thumb is exposed.”

Can't rush Carson

Carson Smith isn’t going to be rushed back because of Matt Barnes’ trip to the disabled list. Smith may pitch with just one day of rest in between Triple-A Pawtucket rehab outings this week, but he’s not in a position to race back after so much time missed.

Beeks, Rays combine on 2-hitter, blank Red Sox 2-0

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Beeks, Rays combine on 2-hitter, blank Red Sox 2-0

Jalen Beeks pitched four strong innings against the team that traded him last month and the Tampa Bay Rays limited Boston to two singles, beating the Red Sox 2-0 on Sunday.

Joey Wendle and C.J. Cron homered as the Rays topped the AL East leaders for just the fifth time in 16 games this season. Six of those Tampa Bay losses have been by one run.

Boston, which owns the majors' best record, lost for only the fourth in 21 games and was shut out for the fifth time this season.

Beeks (2-1) gave up one hit in relief, striking out three and walking two. The 25-year-old left-hander was acquired from the Red Sox before the trade deadline for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

Sergio Romo worked pitched the ninth for his 16th save and 100th of his career. Reliever Diego Castillo started for the Rays, getting five outs. It was the club's 34th time to have a reliever start, and was Castillo's first major league start.

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Boston starter Hector Velazquez (7-1) gave up a run and three hits in four innings. He took Chris Sale's turn in the rotation a day after the ace lefty was put on the 10-day disabled list for the second time in nearly three weeks with mild shoulder inflammation.

Wendle hit his homer into Boston's bullpen in the second. Cron hit his 24th off a billboard above the Green Monster seats in the ninth.

Boston's best chance came with two on and no outs in the fourth, but MLB RBI leader J.D. Martinez bounced into a double play.

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STREAK HALTED

Martinez went 0 for 3, snapping his streak of reaching base successfully in home games at 51 straight, the third-longest string in club history. Ted Williams owns the record with 69 in 1941 and Joe Foy is next with 54 in 1966.

NICE PLAYS

Red Sox RF Mookie Betts made a charging, diving catch of Cron's liner in the fourth and 3B Eduardo Nunez made a sliding stop to his left on Tommy Pham's grounder before throwing him out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Jesus Sucre returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with a sore right wrist.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-day DL, sprained right ankle) is slated to have a rehab start for Double-A Portland on Monday. . Knuckleballer Steven Wright (DL, left knee inflammation since late June) is expected to pitch a live batting practice this week.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.74 ERA) is slated to start the opener of a four-game series Monday at home against Kansas City RHP Jorge Lopez (0-2, 4.44).

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (15-5, 4.04) is set to face Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (15-6, 2.68) when the AL Central leaders come to Fenway Park Monday for the opener of a four-game series.

MLB Twitter account trolls Tony Massarotti over J.D. Martinez

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MLB Twitter account trolls Tony Massarotti over J.D. Martinez

Tony Massarotti wasn't a big J.D. Martinez fan. At least not in the offseason.

The 'Felger & Mazz' co-host lusted after Giancarlo Stanton, not Martinez, and -- in this toned-down version of his argument -- explained why he felt Martinez would be a risky signing:

On the radio, he was far more . . . um . . . emphatic about his distaste for Martinez. 

Well, of course, it was the Yankees who traded for Stanton and the Red Sox who signed Martinez, much to Mazz's dismay. And when Stanton hit two home runs on Opening Day, this is what he had to say:

Needless to say, this hot take has come back to scorch Mazz rather nicely: Martinez is hitting .333/.404/.667 with 38 home runs and 106 RBI and the Red Sox are running away with the A.L. East. And people -- including MLB and the Red Sox themselves -- have noticed:

Felger & Mazz's producer, Jimmy Stewart, hat-tipped the responsible party:

Even Alex Cora seemed to get into the act after the game:

And Tony, to his credit, is a good sport about it: