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The Red Sox apologize for the ugliness directed at Adam Jones last night

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As Bill noted last night, fans in Fenway Park threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. Jones also said that fans yelled racial epithets at him. He was not too happy about it after the game, and justifiably so.

The Red Sox have issued a statement about all of that, apologizing to Jones and the Orioles organization, saying they have “zero tolerance” of such behavior, saying that they are “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”

Here’s the whole statement:

While acknowledging that the Red Sox can’t obsessively police 37,o00 people to completely ensure that such stuff doesn’t happen again, I feel like “forfeiting his/her right to remain in the ballpark” and possibly being subject to “further action” seems a bit less than “zero tolerance.” How about a permanent ban from the park? If that’s not part of the policy as articulated in the statement, I’d suggest it should be.

Otherwise: jerks are jerks.

Kenley Jansen’s consecutive saves streak ends at 34

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.

Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.

After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.

Zach Britton sets American League record with 55th consecutive save

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Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.

Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.

Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.