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Alex Cora fires back at Yankees in walk-off press conference

Rob Bradford
August 03, 2018 - 11:36 pm

It's not every day you can get a walk-off press conference.

But that's exactly what Alex Cora delivered after his team's 4-1 win over the Yankees Friday night.

"I don’t know, we scored four runs in less than six innings. Is that a quality start?" Cora responded when asked if the controversy emanating from the latest Sox showdown with the Yankees was going to continue, bursting out of the interview room after finishing the statement.

Cora was obviously taking a thinly-veiled shot at Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino, who found himself as the center of the latest bit of chaos between the teams thanks to a first-inning brushback fastball to Mookie Betts. The pitch, which was Severino's first of the night, didn't sit well with Cora, who believed it was a retaliation for Rick Porcello hitting Brett Gardner earlier in the inning.

The Red Sox manager would ultimately be ejected after rushing onto the field to dispute home plate umpire Adam Hamari's decision to issue warnings to both teams.

"I was upset at the whole situation," Cora said. "If they retaliated because we hit Brett Gardner on a 0-2 pitch, that’s their problem. At the end we won the game, we move on, we’re going to show up tomorrow, we’re going to turn the page tonight and we’re going to come in and play the game the way we know how to play it."

But, at least for the 10-minute postgame press conference, Cora wasn't shying away from the dispute in question.

"I didn’t appreciate them throwing at my leadoff guy," he said. "I didn’t like the fact they gave a warning. If they felt that way, that pitch had intent, just throw him out of the game. So, that’s it."

The Sox manager later added, "I know what I said and I know how I feel about it and they know how I feel about it. I don’t appreciate them throwing at Mookie Betts’ head. If they felt 0-2, front door sinker had intent, well, first pitch of the game, right at the head of the best player in baseball, there’s intent. It is what it is. We win the game. We move on."

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