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Report: David Price confronted Dennis Eckersley on a team flight

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David Price is still on the outs with the Boston media, it seems. He reportedly confronted Hall of Fame hurler and NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley during a team flight to Toronto on Thursday — his second such altercation after engaging in a heated dispute with Evan Drellich of CSN New England last month.

A report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo shed little light on the situation, saying only that “the the team was disturbed by the second such incident between Price and a media member.” A closed-door meeting with Price, manager John Farrell and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was held prior to Friday’s series opener against the Blue Jays, though none of the parties commented publicly on the specifics of the spat.

The confrontation took place just hours after Price’s latest start, during which the southpaw shut down the Twins with seven innings of six-hit, three-run ball for his third win of the season. He struck out seven of 27 batters, matching his season-best mark, and completed his first outing without issuing a single walk. Cafardo noted that Eckersley didn’t seem unduly critical toward the left-hander, but ESPN’s Buster Olney cited a source that said Price had taken offense at comments made during Eckersley’s postgame wrap.

Whatever the reason behind the tirade, the Red Sox seem to prefer to handle it internally. It’s a prudent move on their part, if only to help mitigate the frustration Price has been feeling — and frequently expressing — toward members of the media. While he may have a perfectly legitimate, if private, bone to pick with the media’s portrayal of his performance and persona, continued public outbursts like this one will do nothing but continue to paint him in a bad light.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.