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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Manny Machado a good fit in Boston? Tom Brady sits down with Oprah

BALTIMORE — The Sox have just enough screws loose to keep everyone on their toes: opponents, fans and umpires alike.

Fire and fight can be as overwrought in baseball as grit and guts. But attitude is worth something to a group of competitors, even if we can’t pinpoint how much. And there’s definitely entertainment value for the onlookers when the attitude is demonstrative.

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Chris Sale, ejected once in his career prior to Wednesday’s sweep finisher at Camden Yards, berated home-plate umpire Brian Knight before leaving the game in the seventh inning of a 5-1 win. And Sale, such a cool presence normally, just unloaded. It was quick but vicious, the verbal embodiment of his pitching.

He didn’t like the strike zone. Regrets? Nah.

“Stuff happens, man. I mean, I’m not big on apologies or going back on things I’ve done,” Sale said. “It happened, you know? Is what it is. We’ll move forward.”

Joe Kelly, a skinny dude, tells an angry Yankees first baseman to come out to the mound. So Tyler Austin does, and they throw down. (They’re still wearing Joe Kelly Fight Club shirts in the Sox clubhouse, by the way. And Kelly’s got his “Al Horford is Good” T-shirt moment, too.)

Rick Porcello appears to dislike Russell Martin calling time, hits Russell Martin.

David Price, after all he’s been through in his time in Boston, still has it in him to outwardly mock the way he’s portrayed by some in the media and fans. Right or wrong, he certainly isn’t meek.

Carson Smith suggests that he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in part because of overuse, and Alex Cora shuts that down instantly, with enough dismissiveness to effectively belittle Smith and establish Cora’s authority.

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Sale’s the guy that threw behind Manny Machado last year and stood stone-faced afterward in front of the media and said he wasn’t going to lose any sleep, while Machado, unnerved, went on an epic rant.

Porcello and Price throughout their careers have been far from timid, and that includes their time in Boston. So the collective attitude isn’t exactly new. But the difference between this year and last for the Sox seems to be a concentration of their energies in the same place, in the same direction. Add in the fact the Sox are 13-3 on getaway days — maybe they just like the joys of travel? — and they seem keen on having the final say.

Stuff happens, as Sale said. They’re making you wonder what will happen next, for the better.

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Pujols collects hit No. 2,999

Pujols collects hit No. 2,999

Reuters

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols moved within one hit of 3,000 for his career when he doubled in the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

Facing Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, Pujols grounded out to second base in the first inning, even as his teammates were producing a five-run rally.

In the second, Pujols hit a two-run double to left field off right-handed reliever Miguel Castro, increasing Los Angeles’ lead to 8-0.

Pujols is looking to become the 32nd player in major league history to reach the 3,000-hit mark. He has 620 career homers, which ranks seventh all-time.

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Cash unhappy with Archer's sprint

Cash unhappy with Archer's sprint

Baltimore Orioles’ Jace Peterson, left, steals third base as Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer falls over him while trying to make a tag during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer was about to pitch to Baltimore’s Chris Davis when the Rays pitcher noticed Jace Peterson attempting to steal third base, which was uncovered because of an infield shift.

Archer sprinted from the mound and attempted to tag Peterson before he could reach third. Archer was unsuccessful and appeared to come up limping after a mild collision Thursday.

”If I could have run out there myself and stopped him, I would have done it,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after his team’s 9-5 win Thursday night. ”What we’re basically or what I’m saying at that point is that I don’t care about that runner and I’ve got all the confidence in the world for Chris to get the guy out.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter lauded Peterson for his aggressiveness.

”We were trying to draw Archer into the play where he would get hurt and wouldn’t be able to pitch anymore,” Showalter jokingly said Friday. ”He actually tweaked his (hamstring) a little bit on that. That’s a player play. The fact is, it was a little bit closer than it should have been.”

Archer (2-1) allowed four runs and 11 hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings, and the Rays extended their winning streak to six. Archer was confident that he could have made the play against Peterson at third.

”I’m athletic,” Archer said. ”From the team perspective it wouldn’t be smart for me to do something silly and get hurt. But I train to be an athlete. I saw the dude take off. It was a close play.”

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Orioles pick up infielder Peterson on waivers

Orioles pick up infielder Peterson on waivers

Reuters

Looking to beef up their injury-mired infield, the Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Jace Peterson on Tuesday after he was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees.

Peterson provides depth to the Orioles, who already are without injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop and saw Tim Beckham leave Monday’s game against Cleveland in the eighth inning with a groin injury.

Peterson, 27, has appeared in 386 games since coming up with the San Diego Padres in 2014. He has played shortstop, second and third bases and all three outfield positions.

He appeared in three games with the Yankees this season, going 3-for-10.

Beckham missed the last three games in spring training with a groin injury but was still in the opening day lineup. If he goes on the disabled list, he would be the sixth Orioles player on the ledger.

In addition, first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini (right knee) returned to action Monday as a pinch hitter after missing two games.

–Field Level Media

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Orioles claim infielder Peterson off waivers from Yankees

Orioles claim infielder Peterson off waivers from Yankees

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed utility infielder Jace Peterson after he was placed on waivers by the New York Yankees.

Peterson, a left-handed hitter, is expected to report Wednesday.

He provides depth to an infield that is without injured second baseman Jonathan Schoop and could potentially lose Tim Beckham, who left Monday’s game against Cleveland with a groin injury.

The 27-year-old Peterson played in three games with the Yankees this season, going 3 for 10 with a walk.

Selected by San Diego in the first round of the 2011 draft, Peterson broke into the big leagues with the Padres in 2014 before playing for Atlanta the past three years.

Peterson has 386 games of major league experience, primarily as a second baseman. He also plays third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions.

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Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from Yankees

Orioles claim Jace Peterson off waivers from Yankees

Jace Peterson will now be in the lineup with the Orioles.

The team announced Tuesday it signed the infielder off waivers from the Yankees. The move corresponds with pitcher Gabriel Ynoa being placed on the 60-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.

Peterson will report to Baltimore Wednesday.

Peterson, 27, barely made a splash with the Yankees this season, spending much of the time designated for assignment. 

He will likely replace second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who has been on the disabled list all season. Orioles infielder Tim Beckham might also join him after he aggravated a groin injury.

In his five seasons in the league, Peterson has averaged a .234/.319/.331 slash line with 15 home runs and 22 bases stolen.