Warnings, but no fireworks, as Red Sox shut out Orioles

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A night after brawling, the Red Sox and Orioles played a quiet one Saturday, even after a HBP and warnings getting issued.

The HBP came with two down in the seventh and Boston up 3-0.  John Lackey drilled Derrek Lee in the leg with what seemed to be a purpose pitch.  Lee, though, is about as much of a professional as there is in the game, and he simply took his base.

While warnings were issued, the rest of the game was incident free, and the Red Sox beat the Orioles for the third straight night, this time by a 4-0 score.

Lackey was pulled one batter after the HBP.  He got Mark Reynolds to whiff on a curve, but the ball eluded catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Reynolds reached first on the wild pitch.

Daniel Bard came in from there and retired Nolan Reimold to end the inning.  The Red Sox added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh and cruised from there.

The Red Sox will go for the sweep Sunday having outscored the Orioles 24-7 the last three days.

For Lackey, it was easily his best performance since April.  Five days after getting shelled for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays, he allowed just three hits and struck out seven.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis had three hits apiece for Boston.  Youkilis and Josh Reddick had two RBI each to account for all of the runs.

Marlins announce signing of Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa, Jr.

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The Miami Marlins have been stockpiling international bonus money of late and now that has paid off, as they just formally announced the signing of top international prospect Victor Victor Mesa.

They have also signed his brother, the less-regarded prospect Victor Mesa, Jr. It was, presumably, a package deal. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Victor Victor, 22, will receive about $5.25 million while his 17-year-old brother gets a $1 million bonus.

Victor Victor was ranked as the No. 1 player in this year’s international signing class. He’s a plus outfield defender with a strong arm and he has serious wheels as well. He played for Matanzas in Cuba’s Serie Nacional when he was only 16 and was 3-for-7 with two doubles for Cuba during last year’s World Baseball Classic.

Victor Mesa Jr. is a switch-hitting outfielder with potential, but unlike his brother, he’s like to spend considerable time in the minors. Most scouts believe Victor Victor will debut with the Marlins as early as next season.

The Mesa brothers are the son of Victor Mesa, who played in Serie Nacional from the 1970’s into the 1990s and starred on the Cuban national team. He has also managed in Cuba, in Mexico and for Cuba’s 2017 World Baseball Classic team.