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Ranking the Top 10 biggest brawls in Red Sox history

Ranking the Top 10 biggest brawls in Red Sox history

The 2020 MLB season is already going to look different.

Teams will only play 60 games instead of 162. There likely won't be any fans in the stands. The National League will use a DH. Extra innings will start with a runner on second base.

But thanks to the realities of the coronavirus and the need to stay socially distanced, we're unlikely to see one staple of the baseball season: bench-clearing brawls.

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Tempers often rise along with the temperatures, and when the bad blood boils and pitches start flying high and tight (or sometimes behind) batters, teams mix it up and start throwing punches.

That doesn't mean we can't look back at some of our favorites, however. The Red Sox have been no strangers to fisticuffs over the years, from Billy Martin jumping Jimmy Piersall in a tunnel before a game in 1952 to Machine Gun Joe Kelly beckoning Tyler Austin to join him on the mound in 2018.

This list was originally going to be top five, but there were too many memorable options and no shortage of worthy candidates the ended up on the cutting room floor -- David Ortiz vs. the Orioles' Kevin Gregg was a good one, for instance. So enjoy this list and don't be surprised when a number of entries are accompanied by a jolt of adrenaline.

Click here for the gallery of the Top 10 Red Sox brawls of all-time.

WORLD SERIES: Indians edge Cubs, 1-0; take 2-1 series lead

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WORLD SERIES: Indians edge Cubs, 1-0; take 2-1 series lead

CHICAGO -- Cody Allen escaped a ninth-inning jam and the Cleveland Indians pitched their fifth shutout this postseason, holding off the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Friday night for a 2-1 lead as the World Series returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945.

The Cubs put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth before Allen struck out Javier Baez to end it.

Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp hit an RBI single in the seventh off Carl Edwards Jr. for the lone run.

Indians starter Josh Tomlin went 4 2/3 innings, then Andrew MillerBryan Shaw and Allen took over.

The Cubs have been blanked four times in the last eight games this postseason. It was their first 1-0 loss in the World Series since Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox beat them in 1918.

Game 1 winner Corey Kluber starts for Cleveland on Saturday night on three days' rest, and John Lackey goes for Chicago.

Quotes, notes and stars: 'Honor' for Francona to be there for Ortiz's last game

Quotes, notes and stars: 'Honor' for Francona to be there for Ortiz's last game

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians:

QUOTES

* “That was an honor to be on the field for [David Ortiz’s] last game. I think you can see by the way the fans reacted, their outpouring o affection for him, that was an honor.” Terry Francona said.

* “There were some called strike three’s with some fastballs late in the count. I thought he had a pretty good mix going on with the fastball, curveball and his cutter. But I think it goes back to some of the offensive inconsistencies throughout this series. ”John Farrell on the offense’s inability to do much against Cleveland’s starter, Josh Tomlin.

* “This offense we face, this team is so great, but particularly from the perspective of a relief pitcher, this offense is just unbelievable.” Andrew Miller said about the Red Sox’ lineup.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz’s RBI in the sixth inning was his 61st the postseason, tying Derek Jeter for fourth all-time.

* Ortiz’s walks (2) gave him is 56th of his career, the most in Red Sox franchise history, second-most in the postseason by a left-handed hitter (David Justice, 64).

* Dustin Pedroia scored hi 32nd career postseason run, tying Roberto Alomar for second all-time among second basemen.

* Andrew Benintendi became the youngest player in Red Sox history to hit an RBI double.

* Coco Crisp’s two-run home run was his second career postseason home run.

* Andrew Miller has not allowed a run in 12.1 innings over eight career appearances.

* Miller has struck out 17 batters in his postseason career, and batters are only 3-for-39 (.077) against him.

 

STARS

1) Coco Crisp

Crisp hit a two-run home run that would prove to be the difference in the Indians' win.

2) Andrew Miller

Miller was strong again in relief, striking out three in two scoreless innings.

3) Jose Ramirez

Ramirez scored two runs for the Tribe, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk