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Ex-Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill, wife Caitlin arrested at Patriots-Bills game

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill, wife Caitlin arrested at Patriots-Bills game

File this one under "stories you didn't see coming."

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill and his wife, Caitlin Hill, were arrested by Foxboro police Saturday outside Gillette Stadium prior to the New England Patriots' game against the Buffalo Bills, Foxboro police chief administrator Robert Bolger confirmed to The Boston Globe.

According to Bolger, Caitlin Hill tried to enter the stadium with an oversized bag that violated the NFL's bag policy. When she refused to leave the grounds of the stadium, police arrested her on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing, per Bolger.

"She was trying to enter the stadium with an oversized bag and she had been told several times, 'no,' " Bolger told the Globe. "She tried several times to go to a different gate. She was ordered to leave the property."

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Police then tried to put Caitlin in a prisoner transport van for booking at the Foxboro police station, at which point Rich Hill intervened, according to Bolger.

"He saw her as they were trying to get her into a van to bring to the police station, and he started to interfere with the officers,’’ Bolger told the Globe. “He was told several times to back up and he would not. And he ended up getting arrested."

Rich Hill was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. In an arraignment Monday at Wrentham District Court, Hill had his resisting arrest charge dropped and his disorderly conduct charge converted to a civil infraction with a penalty of a $500 fine.

Caitlin had both of her charges converted to civil infractions and had to pay fines of $250 each, per David Traub of the Norfolk District Attorney's office.

Hill, a native of Milton, Mass., spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers but reportedly has "engaged" with the Red Sox in free agency this offseason.

This incident will bring him and his wife some unwanted publicity, but it sounds like it wasn't serious enough to warrant anything other than a minor penalty.

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Red Sox' Alex Verdugo robs home run, celebrates with awesome reaction

Alex Verdugo made best play of his young Boston Red Sox career Friday night, and he was well aware of it.

With the Red Sox leading the Blue Jays by two runs in the ninth inning, Verdugo leaped in front of the right field bullpen at Fenway Park to rob Toronto's Travis Shaw of a home run.

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The play was impressive in its own right, but the 24-year-old outfielder punctuated it with a great reaction.

Verdugo's scream of celebration was audible on the game broadcast (even above the fake crowd noise), a sign of just how fired up he was about the catch.

"I would say I’ve never screamed like that before,” Verdugo said after Boston's 5-3 win, via the Associated Press. “I used to be a pitcher back in the day. I was pretty hyped up."

Verdugo had two other reasons to be hyped up: He also blasted a pair of solo home runs, giving him three on the young season and earning a spot alongside legendary left-handed slugger Mo Vaughn.

The Red Sox aren't expected to make much noise this season, but it appears the former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder will do his best to raise the decibel level.

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Highlights: Alex Verdugo homers twice in Boston's second straight win

FINAL SCORE: Boston Red Sox 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo homered twice and Mitch Moreland added one of his own in the Red Sox' win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. The Red Sox capitalized on a woeful outing from Blue Jays starter Tanner Roark, who walked five batters and allowed four runs in three innings pitched.

Sox starter Ryan Weber allowed two runs in three innings, then the bullpen put together an admirable effort to preserve the lead.

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BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 5-8

HIGHLIGHTS

Well, that escalated quickly

Verdugo's first Fenway homer

Moreland's two-run shot

Vlad Jr. brings Jays within one

Homer No. 2 for Verdugo...

...and then he robs one!

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