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Drone flying over Fenway Park catches attention of Red Sox, security, Boston Police, and the FAA

Drone flying over Fenway Park catches attention of Red Sox, security, Boston Police, and the FAA

Red Sox players and fans were treated to an uninvited guest during Thursday's win over the Blue Jays -- a drone hovering over Fenway Park.

The small remote-controlled plane made at least two passes of the park, catching the attention of Fenway security, the Boston Police, and even the FAA, according to team sources. It did not escape the notice of the players, either.

"It kind of threw me off, I looked up and I was like, 'Hey, they're not supposed to have these around here, are they?'" said first baseman Mitch Moreland. "But I figured I'd try to hit it or something."

Moreland nearly succeeded by bombing the game-tying double in the ninth inning to center with the drone overhead.

According to a team spokesman, ballpark security noticed the drone early in the game before it flew over the river into Cambridge. By the time it returned late in the game, the Boston Police Department was actively searching the area outside the ballpark for the pilot.

A spokesman for the FAA told Ch. 4 that they would check to see if a permit or waiver had been issued for use of the drone. According to FAA regulations, flying drones within three miles of a Major League Baseball stadium is prohibited from one hour before a game to one hour after.

Multiple outlets reported that the drone in question was a DJI Phantom. The company issued a statement to Ch. 5, among others, that it was investigating.

"DJI is aware that an apparent DJI Phantom drone was spotted over Fenway Park during (Thursday night's) Red Sox game," the company said. "We are trying to learn more about what happened, and stand ready to work with Boston Police and other security agencies to investigate what happened. Whoever flew this drone over the stadium apparently overrode our geofencing system and deliberately violated the FAA temporary flight restriction in place over the game."

Red Sox manager Alex Cora made a prediction.

"Somebody will make a T-shirt out of it," he said.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has high praise for fellow rookie Michael Chavis

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has high praise for fellow rookie Michael Chavis

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is impressed with what Michael Chavis has done since being called up to the big leagues.

The Red Sox rookie has nine home runs since making his debut on April 20 and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down any time soon. Guerrero, who was the consensus pick before the season to be the American League Rookie of the Year, knows Chavis will be stiff competition for the award.

The Blue Jays phenom raved about Chavis to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe.

Winning the award definitely won't be a cakewalk for Vlad Jr. with Chavis lurking, but he's been on a tear lately as well. The 20-year-old slugger has five homers in his last seven games.

Regardless of who takes home the hardware at the end of the year, one thing is for sure: there's some serious young talent in the American League East.

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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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