David Ortiz exits game with back spasms

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Here’s some potentially bad news for the reeling Red Sox.

Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal reports that David Ortiz left tonight’s game against the Blue Jays due to back spasms. Ortiz was in the original starting lineup as the designated hitter, but Jed Lowrie pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the first inning.

The good news is that Ortiz didn’t aggravate his heel injury from last month, but the Red Sox obviously can’t afford to be without one of their best hitters as they attempt to hold off the pesky Rays in the Wild Card race.

By the way, Tim Wakefield is currently making his eighth attempt at his 200th career victory. After the Red Sox scored two in the bottom of the first, Wakefield gave it right back by allowing a three-run homer to J.P. Arencibia in the top of the second inning.

Red Sox Triple-A team to ban people named Tyler and Austin from stadium on May 5 and 6 as part of promotion

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The Pawtucket Red Sox, obviously the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, have come up with an interesting promotion for the weekend of May 5 and 6, when they host the Yankees’ Triple-A team from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This, of course, references last week’s benches-clearing fracas between the Red Sox and Yankees that involved Joe Kelly and Tyler Austin. Kelly slid hard into second base, which upset Brock Holt. The benches emptied as the two jawed at each other, but no punches were thrown. Later in the game, Kelly threw at Austin and the benches emptied again. Punches were thrown this time and both players were given suspensions.

The major league Red Sox visit the Yankees May 8-10. As far as we’re aware, people named Joe or Kelly are allowed to attend.