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Brian Hines
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Perhaps Alex Bregman didn't see Aaron Judge parade around the Fenway concourse blasting "New York, New York" after a Game 2 win over Boston, only then to get outscored 20-4 the next two games at Yankee Stadium.

Then when the Red Sox knocked off the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, they made it clear Judge's antics didn't go unnoticed, as they blasted "New York, New York" while popping champagne and celebrating their ALDS victory in the Yankees visitor locker room.

Now Boston has even more bulletin board material to turn too, as Houston's third baseman Alex Bregman took a shot at Red Sox Game 3 starter Nathan Eovaldi. 

On Monday, a video appeared on Bregman's Instagram account, showing the Astros hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs against Eovaldi. The clip was from a game earlier this season, when Eovaldi was pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays. Bregman captioned the video with "lil pregame video work".

Bregman then deleted the clip that afternoon.

In a Monday press conference, Eovaldi made it clear he never saw the video, but as aware of it, and was focused on his task of starting Game 3. 

"I still have a job to do," he said. "I've got to go out there and pitch my game tomorrow and I can't have any distractions."

Manager Alex Cora reiterated what Eovaldi said, noting he didn't see the video and that it shouldn't give his team any extra motivation.

"If you need motivation in Game 3 of the ALCS, you better check yourself," Cora said. "Because you win three more games, you go to the show. And that's what should motivate you. Alex has different ways of motivating himself and whatever. I'll leave it at that."

Bregman has appeared to be already bothered by the Red Sox this series, after getting drilled by Joe Kelly in Game 1. Bregman appeared to turn and stare down Kelly, then seemed to stare down the Red Sox dugout and say something to Kelly after he eventually came around to score.

Bregman shut down that rumor Sunday night.

Boston let their play do the talking following Judge's boombox fiasco, plating 16 runs the following game. They would definitely take a similar effort in response to Bregman.

Brian Hines 10/16/2018 08:30:00 AM Edit
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