Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon at odds after Jeter was hit by a pitch last night


Actually, it’s not just Jeter. Rays pitchers have hit Yankees batters five times in the past week. And even if none — or at least not all — were intentional, Joe Girardi is pretty sick of it:

“I’m all for pitching inside, but you’ve got to know how to pitch inside because it’s extremely dangerous,” Girardi said. “I don’t know what they expect … you hit five of our guys in four games, you don’t think we’ll be (mad)?”

Girardi was even more angry that Yankees pitcher David Phelps was ejected later for throwing one inside to Kevin Kiermaier:

“My guy gets tossed for what?” Girardi said. “He didn’t hit nobody.”

For his part, Joe Maddon claimed that there was no intent to hit any Yankees batter. But he’s not going to apologize for it either:

“It’s nothing to apologize for. It’s just part of the game. I do understand their frustration with it and why they were upset. It ended up being what it was. Hopefully tomorrow there is nothing going on and, again, truthfully, like I said, there was no intent from us . . . I understand the frustration. I get it totally.”

Hard to say if it ends here. I mean, we live in a time, apparently, where Major League Baseball doesn’t give a rip if you throw at someone’s head, so why would they care at the Yankees and Rays getting mad at each other and throwing inside?

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.