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Alex Bregman dismisses any issue with Joe Kelly, Red Sox

Ryan Hannable
October 14, 2018 - 1:38 am
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At one point Saturday night, it looked like the Red Sox might have a villain in Astros third baseman Alex Bregman.

In the sixth inning, Bregman was hit in the arm by a Joe Kelly fastball on a 1-2 pitch and he appeared to look at Kelly before making his way to first base. Then when he eventually came around to score, it seemed he said something to Kelly and the Red Sox dugout, but that actually wasn't the case.

“No, I didn’t look back at him at all -- I looked at [Carlos] Correa because I was fired up Correa did a good job," Bregman said after the game. "I wasn’t mad at Kelly at all. I know I looked back at the mound, but that was just because I was shocked 100 miles an hour hit me and it kind of hurt. I knew he wasn’t trying to hit me. He is competing out there, trying to go in with a fastball and it just got away a little bit. It’s part of the game. Part of the game. He is not trying to hit a lead-off batter and he’s a great pitcher.”

Houston manager A.J. Hinch agreed.

"I don't think anybody was throwing at anybody -- if you throw the ball over the plate with Bregman it's pretty dangerous nowadays," he said. "And so obviously there was a timeout before Bregman got hit, which just makes it feel a little bit worse. But I think more than anything when you get hit by a hundred, it hurts. And there's a little bit of tension at that moment. But I don't think there was anything malicious about anything that went on."

The Astros came away with a 7-2 win to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
 

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