Alex Cora ejected as tensions flare between Red Sox and Yankees

Alex Cora
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Red Sox manager Alex Cora let emotions get the best of him Friday as he was ejected for the first time in his managerial career after right fielder Mookie Betts was nearly hit by a pitch from Yankees’ starter Luis Severino. 

“I wasn’t very polite,” Cora said, per masslive.com . “It’s out of character. I already apologized to my family, which is very important. My daughter gave me a call.”

On his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning, Severino threw a high fastball that sent Betts scrambling to get out of the way. A half inning before, Yankees’ left fielder Brett Gardner was hit on the left arm by a fastball from Boston’s Rick Porcello. 

“I didn’t appreciate them throwing at my leadoff guy,” Cora said. “I did not like the fact they gave a warning. If they felt that way, that the pitch had intent, just throw him out of the game.

“I know what I said. I know how I feel about it, and now they know how I feel about it. I don’t appreciate them throwing at Mookie Betts’ head. If they felt an 0-2, backdoor sinker had intent, well the first pitch of the game went right at the head of the best player in baseball. There’s intent.”

Severino defended himself after the game, saying he wasn’t trying to hit anybody.

“First pitch of the game, I got a f—ing warning, it’s going to be surprising, of course,” Severino said, via ESPN . “I wasn’t trying to hit nobody. And not even Mookie. Mookie’s a great guy, and if I’m going to hit somebody, I’m not going to throw at their head. That’s not right. If I’m going to hit somebody, I’m not going to miss.”

When Cora was asked if he thought the animosity is over with the Yankees, he took a shot at Severino before walking out of his press conference. 

“I don’t know,” Cora said. “We scored four runs in less than six innings. Is that a quality start?”

The Red Sox went on to defeat the Yankees 4-1.