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Baltimore rain delays and family feuds



For the Recorder
Friday, July 27, 2018

Baltimore radio announcer Joe Angel calls Fenway Park a toilet bowl, but this week Camden Yards was the leaky commode. Heavy rains forced Wednesday’s game to be postponed after a two hour, 33 minute rain delay, flushing a 5-0 Red Sox lead down the toilet after only an inning and a half.

The O’s could have looked at the radar and postponed the game before the first pitch, saving David Price’s arm and letting the team leave early, but Baltimore does anything it can to make Boston’s life miserable.

During the rain delay, NESN aired Alex Cora’s afternoon dugout press conference. Most of the questions regarded the acquisition of starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi from Tampa Bay. “He’s bought into the concept of pitching up in the zone with the fastball which is very important, especially in our division,” said Cora, referring to the brush-back pitch. 

Eovaldi’s first start is Sunday against Minnesota. Two starts ago he gave up eight runs and eight hits in less than three innings against the Twins, but Cora shrugged it off.

There wasn’t a lot for Cora to talk about with the Red Sox 39 games over .500 and leading the AL East by 4½ games. His brother Joey is the Pirates’ third base coach, and he joked about family conflict. “Ten days ago, my whole family was cheering for the Red Sox, but now they’re split again — Pirates and Red Sox — because they won 11 games in a row and they’re back in the hunt.”

In New York, Aaron Boone is paying the price for not having the same quick hook as his predecessors Joe Girardi and Joe Torre. On Wednesday in Tampa, Boone let Luis Sessa nurse a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning. Adam Moore singled and with no one up in the bullpen, Sessa pitched to Kevin Kiermaier who homered and the Rays won the game.

Boone learned his lesson and pulled Sonny Gray after five innings of the Yankees’ 7-2 win against Kansas City on Thursday.

The Red Sox are batting .211 since the All-Star break and J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts are hitting a combined .205, according to baseball-reference.com. … Twins third baseman Miguel Sano had an RBI single in last year’s All-Star game, but after a .203 start this season, the Twins shipped him to Class A Fort Myers in June. Now he’s at Triple-A Rochester and batting .267 with two home runs in 30 at-bats. … The Incredible Shrinking Chris Davis Story continued with an 0-for-7 showing against Boston. Five years after finishing third in the MVP balloting, the O’s $23 million first baseman is batting .153. … Dennis Eckersley mentioned on NESN that the Indians are interested in landing O’s center fielder Adam Jones. … Two Mexican League umpires were suspended for the season after a batter swung and missed and the home-plate ump called it a ball and the first base ump denied the appeal. Hey, maybe the batter’s related to El Nacho. … Zach Britton threw his first scoreless inning of relief for the Yankees on Thursday. … Don’t look now, but Oakland is 17 games over .500 and creeping up on Seattle for second place in the AL West. Sean Manaea and Lou Trivino are a combined 17-6, and Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis have combined for 44 home runs and 142 RBIs. … …. Twelve of Boston’s last 18 games are against the Astros, Indians and Yankees. … Green Monster seats haven’t lost their appeal. A front row seat above the scoreboard tonight costs $430.