The controversial series between the Orioles and Red Sox took another turn Wednesday when Baltimore starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected for hitting Xander Bogaerts in the second inning.
At face value, the ejection would make sense. But Gausman’s pitch was a 76 mph curveball and he was none too pleased with home plate umpire Sam Holbrook.
Gausman left the field screaming curveball! at Holbrook after getting tossed, clearly in shock he could be ejected for the infraction.
Chris Sale threw a 98 mph fastball behind Manny Machado on Tuesday and was only issued a warning. Gausman was subsequently ejected for a curveball.
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The hard-hitting third baseman signed a five-year, $95 million contract with Boston two offseasons ago. Since that time, he has played in just 129 games while only hitting 10 home runs with 47 RBIs.
Sandoval, a career .280 hitter, carried a woeful .245/.292/.366 slash line for the Red Sox two seasons ago. Panda took up boxing this offseason so he could salvage his reputation in Boston by getting back into shape.
I’ve heard that it’s going to help me for your shoulders — getting your shoulders strong, so I decided to do it, Sandoval said. (Tigers first baseman Miguel) Cabrera told me that it helps him to keep his shoulders strong.
During the season especially, we take a lot of swings, we play a lot of games, we swing a lot in games, batting practice, all that, so to maintain your shoulder the strongest is one of the key points that we focused on in the offseason.
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Sandoval will be competing against Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge at third base during spring training.