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Darryl Strawberry Shades Pedro Martinez ... for Ripping Yankees

8/22/2018 3:46 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Yankees, Red Sox rivalry continues ... this time, Darryl Strawberry thinks Pedro Martinez was out of line when talking about the Baby Bronx Bombers. 

It's all over a tweet Pedro posted on Tuesday, saying, "The Yankees don’t seem to have the energy of a winning team. I understand some key players are injured, but they don’t seem to be hustling out there." 

We asked Straw (who famously played for the Yanks) if he thought Pedro (who played for the Sox)  was just trying to motivate the talented squad -- but Darryl wasn't havin' it. 

"I don't know why former players always have something to say about other teams," Darryl said ... "It's not really important for us to be able to say things about the teams. You just wish them well!"

So, how does Darryl feel about the Yanks this season? He admits he doesn't really "deal with baseball anymore" ... but thinks the Yanks are only scuffling 'cause of injuries.

Straw also showed us his big-ass '98 World Series ring ... and says New York's gonna be in great shape to get another one in the near future!!

Psychic Thomas John Predicts Red Sox-Dodgers World Series

7/29/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Get your betting slips ready ... 'cause Thomas John has had a premonition -- and it's about to make the Red Sox, Dodgers and degenerates VERY happy.

We got the "Seatbelt Psychic" star at Craig's and asked him for anything that could possibly make us money.

That's when he revealed those from the afterlife (or the clouds or the tea leaves or wherever) are telling him to BET ON L.A. AND BOSTON TO MAKE THE WORLD SERIES!!

"I feel Red Sox and Dodgers in there," Thomas says.

There's more ... John also tells us the spirits are sending him a lot of "good energy" when it comes to Johnny Manziel.

Not sure how to make money off that vision ... but, hey, Montreal Alouettes fans can at least be happy!

Johnny Damon Shades Red Sox 'I Root for New York!'

6/3/2018 12:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Clearly the beef ain't squashed between Red Sox owner John Henry and Johnny Damon ... 'cause the former outfielder tells us he's ROOTING FOR THE YANKEES in the renewed rivalry with Boston!!

It's an interesting stance considering Damon is a Red Sox legend -- a key part of the team that broke the curse and won the World Series in 2004. He later played for the Yanks. 

Now, with the two teams battling it out for 1st place ... Damon says he loves the renewed rivalry.

"They're bringing back the rivalry that we had in the early 2000s and it's going to be a fun year," Damon told us.

But when we asked Johnny who he's pulling for -- that's when it got interesting.

"I'll be rooting for New York."

Remember, Johnny went on "Celebrity Apprentice" a couple years ago and said he and John Henry weren't exactly on speaking terms after contract drama in 2005.

Damon's since told us that icy relationship has thawed ... but apparently not enough to keep Johnny from openly rooting for Boston's most-hated rival!!

David Wells 'Disappointed' Over Robinson Cano

5/18/2018 6:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Yankees legend David Wells ain't exactly thrilled with the whole Robinson Cano scandal ... telling TMZ Sports he's disappointed over Cano's 80-game suspension. 

Cano was popped for taking a banned substance -- though he INSISTS it was a prescribed medication and NOT a performance enhancing drug. 

But, not everyone is buying Cano's excuse ... considering the substance he took can be used as a masking agent for PEDs.

So, when we saw Wells in NYC, we asked if he was disappointed.

"Of course," he said ... noting, "I'm glad I'm not playing anymore."

We asked to explain his comment ... "Because 5 innings is a quality start."

He's definitely throwing shade at the new generation of MLB players -- essentially calling them soft.

We also asked about the Yanks vs. Red Sox rivalry ... Wells says it's good, but not like it used to be.

"Now they hug when they have a fight!"

BTW, props to Wells who hosted the Perfect 33 charity event Thursday night raising funds to support underprivileged kids and military families.

Jennifer Lopez Ready, Aim, Selfie! ... At Yankees Game

5/11/2018 6:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

You think Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez can go 9 innings without a selfie? Hell no! 

The power couple (along with J Lo's mom) hit up Yankees Stadium on Thursday night to watch NY take on the Boston Red Sox .... and you know they had to post the proof on social media. 

Of course, A-Rod used to play for the Yankees ... but last night, he was bad luck -- the Yankees lost to the Sox 5-4, snapping the 8-game winning streak. 

The good news ... Jenny's mom, Guadalupe, seemed to be having a blast at the game ... until the end.

Better luck next time ... 

Yanks Manager Aaron Boone Red Sox Rivalry Is Back!

5/8/2018 1:34 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How awesome is this?!

We just got Yankees manager Aaron Boone rushing to Yankees Stadium for Tuesday night's big game against the Boston Red Sox -- and he was cool enough to talk to our guy!!!

The big talk -- the rivalry ... which has gotten more intense this season for two reasons -- the Yanks and Sox have the best records in baseball PLUS the teams got into a brawl the last time they faced off in April. 

So, with pride and 1st place on the line ... how does Boone feel about the situation? 

"It's always big when these two teams get together," Boone said. 

"They're a great team. We think we have a good team ... so it's fun to be a part of."

As for concerns that tonight could get violent? 

"Nah, all good ... hopefully we'll just see a lot of good baseball."

By the way, Boone knows a thing or two about this rivalry -- he hit a walk-off homerun against the Sox in 2003 to send the Yanks to the World Series. 

Robert Kraft Billionaire Bro Down ... With Celtics Owner

5/1/2018 6:29 AM PDT

Here's a couple of VERY rich guys hanging out -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft taking in the Boston Celtics game Monday night with team owner Wyc Grousbeck

Kraft and Grousbeck have been hanging out a lot lately -- they were also together at the Celtics game Saturday night with another member of the Boston Billionaire's Club ... Red Sox owner John Henry

The Celtics beat the 76ers on Monday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals -- Kraft and Grousbeck were high-fiving on the court during the end of the game. 

So, who's got the biggest bank between the three? According to Forbes, Kraft's worth $6.2 billion and John Henry's valued at $2.5 billion ... but Grousbeck's net worth isn't listed. 

With the Celtics valued at more than $2 billion, he ain't poor either. 

Red Sox Pitcher Steven Wright Arrested for Domestic Assault

12/10/2017 6:51 PM PST
Breaking News

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright was arrested this weekend after he got into an altercation with his spouse, according to local media outlets.

NBC Sports Boston reports that the starting righty got busted Friday at his home in Tennessee for an incident involving his wife, which resulted in him being arrested and booked for domestic assault.

His lawyer released a statement from the Wright family saying ... "On Friday night, Steven was arrested at our home following a verbal argument, and the police charged him with domestic assault."

The statement goes on ... "Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident, and the situation was purely emotional. We are working together as a family ... and we ask that you respect our privacy as we do so."

The Red Sox also released a statement saying they were aware of the situation, and that MLB and police were investigating ... declining to comment further.

Wright and his agent declined to comment to NBC. He was reportedly released from jail.

MLB Commish Rob Manfred Sox Guilty Of Stealing Signs ... Fined Undisclosed Amount

9/15/2017 2:17 PM PDT
Breaking News

MLB commish Rob Manfred just dropped the hammer on the Red Sox ... fining the club an "undisclosed amount" of money for stealing signs using banned electronic devices.

Baseball investigators determined the BoSox violated MLB rules by "sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout."

While Manfred did not specify the amount of the fine ... he did say the cash would go towards Hurricane Irma relief in Florida.

The Sox weren't the only ones lighter in the wallet ... the commish says he determined the Yankees broke a rule prior to the '17 season, so he fined them also.

The amount ... "lesser undisclosed amount" -- also going to storm relief.

We spoke with Manfred last week in D.C. while he was still conducting the investigation ... and he told us the scandal was just a "reflection of competitive activity between two clubs."

David Ortiz Take Protests Out of the Ballgame Take Banners Out of the Crowd!!!

9/15/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Ortiz wants to make baseball fun again ... and definitely doesn't think unfurling huge protest banners at the ballpark is the way to do it.

We got Big Papi at LAX Thursday -- the Red Sox legend tells us he's not down with the Boston fans who brought the controversial banner to the game Wednesday night ... even though it was speaking out against racism.

Ortiz suggests making political statements at a game -- no matter what side somebody's on -- are a bad idea because people are always going to get the wrong idea ... so he's against it.

As Papi put it ... "You don't wanna add more s**t to the s**t that is already out there."

FYI ... the 4 fans who brought the banner to Fenway were ejected.

MLB Commish Rob Manfred On BoSox Cheating Claims: They Just Wanna Win!

9/7/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Everybody relax ... MLB commish Rob Manfred says allegations the Red Sox stole signals from the Yankees with an Apple Watch just proves how competitive they are!!!

No, really ... that's what he told us!

We saw the Commish in D.C. this week and asked him about the biggest scandal in baseball -- claims a Red Sox trainer used an Apple Watch to relay Yankees signals to Boston players to give their hitters an advantage. 

"Look, I think it's a reflection of competitive activity between two clubs," Manfred told TMZ Sports ... "I'm sure we'll investigate and reach a resolution that preserves the integrity of the game."

When asked if the Red Sox would forfeit the wins from the games in question, Manfred said, "I'm not gonna talk about potential discipline at this point. We haven't even completed the investigation."

The baseball boss did weigh in on another HUGE impact tech could have on the game -- and he definitely ain't about it ... at least not yet.

Red Sox Photographer Balls Beaned ... on Ceremonial 1st Pitch

8/17/2017 7:37 AM PDT
Breaking News

NUTS!

A Boston Red Sox photographer took a baseball square in the balls on the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday night ... and it looked BAD.

It was just another night at Fenway with the Sox taking on the Cards ... until the PA announcer told the kid throwing the first pitch to "fire it in there!"

Young Jordan must have took "it" to mean a random guy's balls ... and the unlucky photog wide right of home plate paid the price -- taking it right in his manhood before limping away. 

The dude who took the beanball seems alright, though ... using his own photo to joke about the nut-shot after the game:

David Ortiz Nixes Comeback Rumors 'It's Not that Easy'

6/6/2017 6:35 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Big Papi says he's NOT gonna unretire and hit for the Boston Red Sox this season -- despite a big endorsement from his legendary ex-teammate, Pedro Martinez

Pedro got everyone talking Monday when he tweeted out, "Big Papi is working out, and I know he is in baseball shape, and the @RedSox could use a bit of his bat."

So, when we saw David Ortiz at CC & Amber Sabathia's PitCCh At Foundation charity event in NYC, we had to ask if a comeback was on the table. 

Unfortunately, Ortiz shoots that down ... telling TMZ Sports he's too busy enjoying his retirement and watching quality television programming. 

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