David Ortiz does NOT like to have RBIs taken away


There’s no “I” in “team,” but there is in “RBI” and “Ortiz.”

As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports, David Ortiz burst into Terry Francona’s media session before yesterday’s game, hopping mad that an official scorer’s decision was reversed from Wednesday night’s game, depriving him of an RBI he thought he had.  There’s heavily-bleeped video of the incident at the link, but Haggerty wrote it down:

“[Bleepin’] scorekeeper always [bleepin’] [bleep] up”

I’m guessing nothing comes of this at all.  But I do wonder what the reaction would be if it was Alex Rodriguez or Carlos Beltran or some other guy the media likes to get on for being selfish steaming over an RBI being taken away from him.

UPDATE: Now some people are telling me that this was a joke, though they’re not 100% clear, as it’s all sort of playing out on Boston talk radio today.  If it was a joke, fine, ya got me. I’d expect fewer F-bombs in that kind of a joke in front of cameras and reporters and stuff, but everyone rolls differently.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.