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Tony La Russa: Free agents 'have an obligation to be reasonable too'

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Tony La Russa: Free agents 'have an obligation to be reasonable too'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tony La Russa, a Hall of Fame manager who’s now with the Red Sox as a special assistant to Dave Dombrowski, suggested the player-agent dynamic is partly to blame for the free-agency drag.

“It’s strange, unique, makes you scratch your head,” La Russa said of the state of affairs. “The player and their representative, they have an obligation to be reasonable too. You can’t shoot for the stars. ‘Cause the teams, they want to win and they try to do the best they can. I just think that in the end, the best situations are when you have a real good agent and the player participates in his future. I mean the dam’s gotta break, and it’s going to break and it’s going to be a tsunami.”

Entering his 57th season in pro ball, La Russa does not believe the teams are acting underhandedly.

“I don’t like the collusion stuff,” La Russa said. “In fact, lately, I think the media’s starting to catch on [to the player-agent dynamic].”

La Russa played in the big leagues but has spent the majority of his career in a management role. The longtime Cardinals skipper was in the front office with the Diamondbacks from 2014-17. He was employed by the league office from 2012-13, as a special assistant to former commissioner Bud Selig.

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:

 

 

Price goes 7, Martinez hits 38th HR; Red Sox beat Rays 5-2

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Price goes 7, Martinez hits 38th HR; Red Sox beat Rays 5-2

BOSTON -- David Price believes he's finally become the pitcher the Boston Red Sox were looking for when they signed him.

Price pitched seven solid innings, J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 38th homer after Boston jumped to a quick lead and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 20 games.

Signed to a seven-year, $217 million deal before 2016, the lefty feels as if he's finally paying off.

"Getting back to myself. I definitely changed a lot of stuff up here the last 2 1/2 years," he said. "To be able to get back to the pitcher that Boston signed, it's about time."

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Price (13-6) gave up two runs on five hits, striking out eight, walking two and hitting a batter. He is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his five starts since the All-Star break.

With ace lefty Chris Sale going on the 10-day disabled list Saturday for the second time in nearly three weeks, Price doesn't see any additional pressure to fill the void.

"I'm making $32 million," Price said. "It don't change what I'm doing. I've got enough pressure on me."

And he's responded.

"We expect him to go deep into games and give us a chance to win and he's been doing that," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Mitch Moreland added an RBI double during Boston's four-run first inning. The Red Sox, who own the majors' best record, improved to a season-high 52 games over .500 and maintained their 10 1/2-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer for the Rays. Tampa Bay fell to 4-11 against Boston this season.

Tyler Glasnow (0-1), making his fourth start since being acquired from Pittsburgh at the non-wavier trading deadline, gave up five runs, four earned, and three hits. He walked three and struck out four in 6 2/3 innings.

"Very encouraging. The first inning was such a fluke for him, for all of us. Just a lot of odd things," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "His strike-throwing kind of eluded him for whatever reason, but he's got to take a lot of positives from that outing."

The Red Sox took advantage of Glasnow's wildness to jump ahead 4-0 in the first. Moreland's RBI double made it 1-0 before Martinez and Xander Bogaerts walked to load the bases. The righty then walked Ian Kinsler, forcing in a run.

First baseman Jake Bauers then fired Brock Holt's grounder into left field attempting a force at second and two runs scored, making it 4-0.

"Just came in, didn't feel that great from warmups to the first inning," Glasnow said. "Just kind of realized that this is what I had today and I needed to just go out and compete as hard as I can and get out of that fix-it mode."

In the third, Martinez homered into Boston's bullpen.

Cron's homer cleared the Green Monster and left Fenway Park completely in the sixth.

Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 37th save.

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HEADS UP

Tampa Bay's Carlos Gomez advanced to third when it was left uncovered on a popup that was caught between first and the plate in the first inning.

"That was probably my part to go cover third base right there and I didn't do that," Price said.

NOT HEADS UP

With Kinsler on second and Holt on first in the first, Kinsler got caught trying to steal third too quickly when Glasnow stepped off and got him in a rundown. Holt was unsure where to go, standing between first and second before he was tagged out in a rundown for an inning-ending double play.

Three innings later, Tampa Bay's Tommy Pham was doubled off second on a fly ball to the left-field warning track.

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The Red Sox improved their home record to a majors' best 44-15.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Jesus Sucre missed his fourth straight game with a sore right wrist.

Red Sox: Sale was placed on the DL with mild inflammation in his left shoulder. "It's definitely less than it was last time," Sale said. . LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (DL since July 15, sprained right ankle) is scheduled to make a rehab start on Monday.

UP NEXT

Rays: Cash said after the game that RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.63 ERA) would start Sunday's series finale.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (7-0, 2.77) will take Sale's turn.

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