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Rivalry brewing?

This is a little more drama then you normally see in the spring, but both benches have cleared today in the Red Sox-Tigers tilt. Josh Beckett plunked Gary Sheffield, and later hit Magglio Ordonez in the head with a hanging curve ball. According to Jim Price, there were several more pitches that were up and in. Todd Jones came in a couple innings later. He pitched to Jason Varitek and then buzzed JD Drew with the first pitch. The next pitch was a fastball that went behind Drew. At that point, Jones was tossed. When Leyland came into get Jones and summon Jose Mesa from the bullpen there were words between Leyland and the Red Sox third base coach. Benches cleared and there was a lot of nothing happening.

Jim Leyland seemed to be the catalyst. This may remain interesting because all the principles involved were regular players.

The two teams meet for the first time in the regular season on May 14th in Boston. This is the only time they meet in the preseason.

Posted by on March 10, 2007.

Categories: 2007 Season

6 Responses

  1. Whats more interesting to me at least is Justin Verlander. Was good the first half of last year and died in the second half.

    I am worried that he was overworked…

    by David on Mar 10, 2007 at 8:43 pm

  2. *laughs uncontrollably*

    by Boston Fan in Michigan on Mar 10, 2007 at 9:55 pm

  3. I saw that game It was an exciting game to watch:):)

    by Kaylee on Mar 11, 2007 at 1:38 am

  4. I am worried that Verlander was overowrked last year too. I hope he can come through this year.

    Whats with all this Boston beaning? I actually kind of rooted for Boston to win the WS the year that they did. Maybe they’re just upset cause the only place thats worst to live in than Detroit is probably Boston.

    by Jojo SunDevil on Mar 11, 2007 at 1:27 pm

  5. [...] In the matchup against the Red Sox on Saturday, tensions ran a tad high after Gary Sheffield was hit by a pitch and Magglio Ordonez later took a pitch to the head. Maggs is alright, but benches cleared and Todd Jones was ejected after throwing behind JD Drew. More importantly, Magglio was a little dizzy afterwards, but appears to be fine. He has not played since the BoSox affair, but had hoped to make it back into the lineup  as early as today (he did not). [ESPN] [...]

    by Around the Bases: Tigers Make First Cuts of 2007 « Detroit Sports Unleashed on Mar 12, 2007 at 3:32 pm

  6. [...] – The Tigers are not backing down to anybody. [...]

    by Empty the Bench » Blog Archive » Detroit Tigers Off to Best Start Since 1981 on Mar 28, 2007 at 11:06 am

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