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Sunday, February 17, 2019

AJ Hinch shares thoughts on Alex Bregman trolling Red Sox pitcher

Alex Bregman

Alex Bregman provided Boston Red Sox Game 3 starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi with some bulletin board material this week, but neither Bregman’s manager nor Red Sox manager Alex Cora are getting too excited over it.

On Monday, Bregman shared some clips on his Instagram story from a start Eovaldi made against the Houston Astros earlier this year. The right-hander was with the Tampa Bay Rays at the time, and he gave up back-to-back-to-back homers to George Springer, Bregman and Jose Altuve. Bregman said he was rewatching the tape for a “lil pregame video work.”

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about the social media activity, and he basically chalked it up to kids being kids.

“Welcome to the current generation,” Hinch said, per Kristie Rieken of The Associated Press. “Obviously there’s fun banter. … We want guys to have their personalities, have their fun. Then go out and back it up.”

Cora compared the friendly jab to when Aaron Judge walked by Boston’s clubhouse playing the New York Yankees’ victory song in the ALDS, but he said his team doesn’t need any extra motivation.

Of course, the Red Sox went out of their way to troll the Yankees after they defeated them in the ALCS, so it’s not as if they’re in a position to point fingers. If Eovaldi manages to shut down the Astros on Tuesday, you can bet he’ll let Bregman know about it.

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