Five Red Sox thoughts: Again, Doug Fister is dominant

Five Red Sox thoughts: Again, Doug Fister is dominant

Five Red Sox thoughts: Again, Doug Fister is dominant

CC Sabathia on Friday responded to Jim Rice in the latest development of a back-and-forth between the two. He reached safely on a throwing error by Sabathia, who has been pitching with a balky knee the past few years.

"It's not that it's out of bounds, I guess", said Sabathia, a 17-year big leaguer and former Cy Young Award victor. "I don't care if he's mad or not". I'm out there early every day. "It shows what they got over there", Sabathia said of the bunt attempt, seemingly created to specifically take advantage of an aging pitcher on a bum knee.

After the game, Rice, a Red Sox Hall of Famer and current NESN analyst, told Sabathia to stop complaining and instead go on a diet.

"What is he talking about?" Although she didn't find them amusing, Sabathia mostly laughed it off. "It's just amusing. He's right. It is what it is", he added. "Do some research on me before you come out yapping". Afterwards, the normally mild-mannered Sabathia refused to stand down. I get pissed when people bunt, period.

"I mean, they have a really good lineup". Isn't it the job of teams and their players to exploit the weaknesses, whether real or perceived, of the other team and their players to win the game?

As you'd expect, Sabathia was asked about Rice's comments on Friday, and he took the high road when responding. That's what we do. He was upset the Red Sox tried to bunt against him given his ongoing knee problems.

Hours later, in fact, Nunez hit his 12th home run of the year, connecting off Yankees starter Sonny Gray.

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PHOENIX - Zack Greinke earned his major league-best 16th victory with six strong innings and Arizona beat Los Angeles to complete the first series sweep of the Dodgers this season. It's his lowest ERA since 2012 and he has been especially tough in big moments. Back-to-back first-inning doubles off Boston starter Doug Fister by Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, who had not had an R.B.I. since August 23, gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

But for this season at least, Yankee Stadium belongs to Andrew Benintendi. "I want to pitch", he said. "I definitely want to play".

He's batting.325 (13-for-40) in 10 career games here. He does not wonder about that now. "This is nothing new, and I think a lot of people know that".

I digested what he had to say and re-checked the box score.

And just maybe, there was a reason to believe in that fast-fading chance at an AL East title. After being in rehab, that's just how I have to live.

"I'm not anxious about him".

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