With all the hype of the Red Sox-Rays rivalry coming into tonight’s matchup, it didn’t take long for the tempers to flare.
In the bottom of the first inning with two outs and Dustin Pedroia on first base, David Ortiz was drilled by David Price on the first pitch he saw, leading to immediate warnings to both clubs by home plate umpire Dan Bellino.
John Farrell didn’t take too kindly to the fact that Price and the Rays essentially got a free hit on Ortiz, with any Red Sox retaliation resulting in an immediate ejection, and came out of the dugout to have a word with Bellino, but didn’t get within five feet of the ump before he was thrown out of the game.
It was only five days ago that a Yunel Escobar-Jonny Gomes scuffle took place at the Trop after the former appeared to show up the Red Sox dugout, with the ensuing shoving resulting in both dugouts emptying and the ejections of Escobar, Gomes, and Sean Rodriguez.
The Red Sox and Rays dislike for one another has heated up since Tampa Bay became contenders in 2008, with their recent dustups suggesting their rivalry right now is even hotter than even Red Sox-Yankees.
Here’s a GIF play-by-play of Farrell’s ejection on Friday, produced by Boston.com’s Austin Tedesco.