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Dodgers’ Joe Kelly injured back cooking Cajun food

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After a 2018 season where their pitchers were pan-fried by injury, that now appears to be taking on a very literal connotation for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media on Friday that newly-signed reliever Joe Kelly said he hurt his back because he stood for too long while cooking Cajun food, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

The 30-year-old Kelly signed with the Dodgers on a three-year, $25 million deal this offseason. He posted a 4.39 ERA with 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings last season for the Boston Red Sox, winning the World Series with them.

While there have been other strange food-related injuries in baseball lately, hopefully that andouille sausage was well worth it for Kelly.

Suspended Joe Kelly watches Red Sox game from bleachers

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly is serving his suspension stemming from a brawl with the New York Yankees, so he can’t be around his team right now.

On Sunday, he opted for the next best thing — buying a ticket and taking in Boston’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays from the Fenway Park bleachers.

One fan snapped a picture of his son with Kelly, who had some jokes about his presence in the stands.

Kelly’s just checking out all the Boston sports venues he can from a fan’s perspective, and seems to be a very popular guy while doing it.

Red Sox P Joe Kelly not happy about appeal being denied

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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly is not happy about losing his appeal.

Kelly on Thursday will begin serving his 6-game suspension for his brawl with the Yankees’ Tyler Austin on April 11. Kelly’s suspension was handed down a week after the fight. He appealed the punishment, and MLB announced that had been denied. However, Austin’s suspension was reduced from five games to four on appeal.

That likely is what led to the following tweet from Kelly on Thursday:

“At least take me to dinner first…” is a saying that generally precedes “before you f— me.”

Kelly clearly feels he is being screwed in the situation. Of course, the way he seemed to invite Austin to come out and fight probably didn’t help his case.

Watch: Boston crowd goes nuts for Red Sox P Joe Kelly at Bruins game

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The Boston crowd at Saturday’s Bruins playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs went nuts for Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly.

Kelly was in attendance for Game 2 between the B’s and Leafs, so the Bruins decided to show him on the big screen in the middle of the arena. Before doing so, they showed a clip of the Red Sox-Yankees bench-clearing brawl, which began when Kelly hit Tyler Austin with a pitch.

Take a look at the loud reception he received:

Yes, that was a “Yankees suck!” chant that you heard breaking out at the game.

Boston sports fans have a lot to be thrilled about lately. The Sox won on Saturday and are off to a 12-2 start. The Bruins were up 1-0 in their series and had a big lead in Game 2 on Toronto. And the Celtics are set to open up the playoffs on Sunday against the Bucks.

Watch: Yankees, Red Sox brawl after Tyler Austin charges mound

Yankees Red Sox fight

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got in a bases-clearing brawl on Wednesday night after Tyler Austin charged the mound.

Austin was hit in the back by Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly in the top of the 7th and charged the mound. The two ended up on the ground with players running in from all over to pull them apart:

Sox fans loved the reaction from Kelly as Austin took some steps towards him. He was ready for the fight:

Both Austin and Kelly were ejected from the game.

The brawl between the Sox and Yankees comes the same day two National League teams got in a fight.

Joe Kelly offers Ken Bone tickets to Red Sox-Indians game

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Those of you who had the courage to tune into Sunday night’s presidential debate were introduced to Kenneth Bone, an undecided voter who asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a question about energy policy. The question was simple enough, but it was Bone’s aura that captured the hearts of Americans.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly is among the newly-formed Ken Bone fan club, and he was so blown away by Bone that he has offered him tickets to Game 3 of the ALDS Monday night.

Whether it was the red sweater, thick mustache or fantastic name, Bone instantly became a legend. You can see some of the best tweets that were sent about him here. I’m sure Bone never could have imagined his 10-second question would lead to free playoff tickets from an MLB pitcher.

Joe Kelly gets hit off Shelby Miller, wins $100 bet

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsNot too long ago, Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller were teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals. That came to an end last week when the former roommates and best friends were broken up by a trade that sent Kelly to the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, the two took the mound as starting pitchers for their respective teams when the Red Sox and Cardinals met at Busch Stadium.

Since the game took place at a National League ballpark, the opportunity presented itself for the two to square off against each other in the absence of a designated hitter. So, naturally, a friendly wager was made.

“He said if he gets a hit off me, I owe him $100,” Miller said via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to invite him over (Tuesday), keep him up, see how long we can play video games until the morning. See how long he can last.”

Miller drew a walk from Kelly in his first at-bat. Kelly’s first time up against Miller came in the third inning and resulted in a groundball that was fielded by Jhonny Peralta, who threw Kelly out at first base. Or, did he?

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Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the play and the original call was overturned. Kelly was ruled safe, winning a bet in the process.

Money aside, you can be sure Joe Kelly won’t let Shelby Miller forget that anytime soon. Miller did get a little revenge by striking out Kelly in the fifth inning.

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Joe Kelly tells story of finding out he was traded on Twitter

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsAs we mentioned last week, Joe Kelly and Allen Craig learned they had been traded before the St. Louis Cardinals informed them. While it was initially reported that Kelly found out he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox thanks to a television report, the actual story is even more entertaining.

Kelly told Rob Harms of the Boston Globe that he read on Twitter that his team was getting John Lackey. Little did he know it was no longer his team. Kelly recalled chatting with AJ Pierzynski about it.

“Hey, it looks like the Cardinals are going to get Lackey,” Kelly told Pierzynski upon reading a tweet.

“Oh yeah?” Pierzynski said. “How do you know?”

“I’ve got a source on Twitter,” Kelly said.

“Yeah, ’cause everything on Twitter’s true,” Pierzynski responded.

“All right, just wait,” Kelly said.

They waited.

“Fifteen minutes later,” Kelly said Saturday at Fenway Park, after the Sox added him to the active roster, “Lackey was traded.”

But Kelly didn’t know which Cardinals players were involved in the deal.

“I just kept looking, looking, and I was like, ‘Man, I wonder who it could be?’ ” Kelly said. “Then I saw it pop up: [Allen] Craig and Kelly for Lackey.”

Kelly then got a call from his agent and saw the report on MLB Network — all before he was called into a meeting with manager Mike Matheny and GM John Mozeliak to get the official news. Welcome to 2014.

Allen Craig and Joe Kelly found out they had been traded through technology

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsThe St. Louis Cardinals traded starting pitcher Joe Kelly and utility man Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in exchange for John Lackey. We knew Lackey was on the block and we knew the Cardinals were looking for pitching, but apparently neither Kelly nor Craig knew that they were available. In fact, both players had to find out for themselves that they had been dealt.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kelly found out he had been shipped to Boston by watching TV while Craig learned he had been traded while surfing the web.

The Cardinals are fond of calling their clubhouse “family.” There’s much ado about ignoring outside “distractions” created by media, hangers-on, whatever. Yet Kelly learned he had been traded through a television report. Craig learned while surfing the net. Neither player even knew he was in play. Craig was so stunned he left the Petco Park clubhouse without comment. Family one day, disposable the next.

Stories like this have increased over the past year or so (see: Darren Sproles to Philly), which makes sense. With the amount of news that “leaks” over Twitter and other social media sites, teams have to be careful not to reveal too much information when discussing trades. That often means leaving players in the dark to decrease the risk of compromising a deal.

Having said that, we understand why Craig and Kelly would be upset. Players want to think that their teams would at least inform them of the possibility that they could be dealt. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that all the time in 2014.

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John Lackey traded to Cardinals for Allen Craig, Joe Kelly

John-Lackey-beer-drinking-reports-retardedJust nine months removed from winning a world championship, the Boston Red Sox are now selling off all of the assets that got them there. Shortly after Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were sent to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, the Red Sox traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals.

According to Peter Gammons, the Cardinals are sending 26-year-old starting pitcher Joe Kelly and 30-year-old outfielder Allen Craig to Boston.

On the surface, it looks like the Red Sox are having a fire sale. They have now traded Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Lester and Lackey — all important pieces in Boston’s improbable World Series run. But in reality the Red Sox are simply changing their approach in hopes of contending again next season.

We all know what Cespedes is capable of. While he is 28 and merely a .250 hitter with pop at this point, he could be the righthanded power hitter that the Red Sox desperately need in the middle of their lineup. His numbers could also skyrocket if he uses the Green Monster to his advantage. Cespedes is also an above-average fielder with a tremendous arm.

Craig became a full-time player for St. Louis in 2012 and hit .307 with 22 homers and 92 RBI that season. He followed it up with a .315/13/97 line in 2013 and is on pace for around 90 RBI again this season, despite a low average of .237. In Kelly, the Red Sox are getting a young starter who went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 15 starts last season. Kelly is struggling a bit this year, but he has obvious potential.

If the Red Sox were looking to rebuild to contend again five years from now, they would have demanded top prospects for Lester and Lackey. Instead, they have acquired proven MLB players who could help round out their roster in 2015. On the flip side, the A’s and Cardinals have added important pieces that could help in the postseason this year. I don’t think anyone got hosed in either deal.