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Alex Cora clears up controversy with Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman

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Alex Cora clears up controversy with Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman got into a bit of a kerfuffle with the Red Sox during Tuesday night's game, and it continued Wednesday on Stroman's Twitter account.

Some Red Sox players, including Chris Sale and Michael Chavis, took exception to Stroman's antics on the mound which included a quick-pitch during Chavis' at-bat. Alex Cora said after Tuesday's game that Stroman "competes a certain way and people don't like it." Stroman didn't take too kindly to that comment, saying Cora "is probably still made he chose USA Baseball over Puerto Rico" in the World Baseball Classic.

Wednesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria," Cora gave his side of the story.

"I wasn’t actually complaining about the quick-pitch," Cora said. "I was actually telling the umpire because Stroman goes to [Michael] Chavis and he talks to him and then somebody from the dugout is screaming at Stroman and Alan Porter right away jumps on our guy. I was actually screaming at the umpire, but if people want to feel like I was screaming at Stroman and that’s a story so be it. I don’t have anything against the kid."

The Red Sox manager went on to clarify what he meant regarding Stroman's competitive style.

“It’s the Stro-show, you know? He’s on the mound and he has his antics and he gets under people’s skin and all of a sudden he pitches six innings," Cora said. "I was with the Astros and people from the dugout were screaming at him and with the Red Sox people in the dugout are screaming at him. It’s part of it. I said he competes a certain way. Some people like it and some people don’t. But, as you guys know in the media there’s always somebody writing the headline and those are the ones that get you in trouble. Thank you again to the guys that wrote the headlines and now there’s something going on here in Toronto.”

As for Stroman's tweet about Cora being salty about his World Baseball Classic team choice, Cora shrugged it off and raved about his experience with the Puerto Rico team he had the privilege of managing.

"He even tweeted that I am still mad he didn’t pitch for Puerto Rico in the WBC," Cora said. "I had the best time of my life with that team and he wasn’t part of it. Highlight of my career. He pitched six innings and he did an outstanding job for Team USA in the finals and I had a blast with the team that I had."

Although Cora does a nice job of cooling things off in this bizarre feud, it'll be worth keeping an eye on Stroman's active Twitter account to see if he has anything more to say about the situation.

The Red Sox will look to respond on the field with victories in the final two games of their four-game set vs. Toronto.

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Xander Bogaerts joins even more elite company with his latest home run

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Xander Bogaerts is hotter than the weather right now and with each home run, the Hall of Fame company he joins gets smaller, but better.

His first-inning shot over everything at Fenway gave him at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in eight consecutive games.

Only one other player has done that for the Red Sox.

Ted Williams. 

Of course, the greatest hitter of all time did it twice - an eight-game streak in 1942 and 11 in a row in 1950 (h/t to Twitter's @SoxNotes for the numbers).

The record for consecutive games with an RBI is 17, set by the Chicago Cubs' Ray Grimes in 1922. 

After his fifth homer and 13th RBI since July 4, the All-Star shortstop's batting average for July is up to .385 and .309 overall. 

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Emotional Alex Cora blasts corruption that has led to massive protests in Puerto Rico: 'It's embarrassing'

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Emotional Alex Cora blasts corruption that has led to massive protests in Puerto Rico: 'It's embarrassing'

BOSTON -- It's no coincidence that Red Sox manager Alex Cora wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag to the podium on Tuesday. He aches for his homeland.

The island commonwealth found itself engulfed in scandal this weekend, with protesters marching to denounce Gov. Ricardo Rossello and demand his resignation in the wake of leaked messages that showed him deriding both political foes and allies, and giving another black eye to a bankrupt island that has spent the last 12 years in a recession and still faces criticism for its cleanup efforts after Hurricane Maria.

"It's not easy to watch what is going on," Cora said. "I am disappointed, mad. Sometimes I wonder like, 'Where are we going?' I got my kids who I am not planning on moving from there, but you see what is going on and you're like, 'What is going to happen?' At the same time, we've been through this before as a country. The only thing I can tell the people back home and the people who live in the states is to stay together."

The leaked messages came on the heels of a corruption scandal that led to indictments last week against two former Puerto Rican officials for steering more than $15 million of hurricane aid to unqualified cronies.

Anger boiled over this weekend, with thousands of protesters marching on the governor's mansion to demand Rossello's resignation before police in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

"It's kind of sad that I feel more worried now than when Maria went by because when Maria went by the only one that had control over it was God," Cora said. "Now, it's tough to understand that we're in this situation when the people that put us in the situation was the people who were elected by our country. It's embarrassing, too. I am a proud Puerto Rican. We're going to be fine. It just sucks to watch and see what is going on."

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