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Jacoby Ellsbury nearly homers two different ways on same at bat, winds up with disputed triple

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John Farrell's issues with MLB's new instant replay system are well-documented. But the Boston Red Sox manager fell victim in a different fashion Tuesday night during a strange play that started the game against the rival New York Yankees. While making his return to Fenway Park for the first time since signing a 7-year, $153 million deal with the Pinstripes as a free agent, former Sox star Jacoby Ellsbury led off the contest with a deep drive to center off starter Jon Lester. The ball nearly cleared the wall for a home run. But it was interfered with by a fan. What wasn't clear was whether or not Ellsbury would have had his second career inside-the-park home run (he hit his first three seasons ago in Boston) if the spectator had not made contact. One at bat — two near round-trippers. Alas, after umpires conferred, Ellsbury was awarded a triple (instead of a ground-rule double). The decision didn't sit well with Farrell.

The guy just can't catch a break. The Yankees won 9-3.

Rollin' with the crew

Moving to the NBA playoffs, Toronto Raptors "global ambassador" Drake had courtside seats for Game 2 of the team's first-round series with the Brooklyn Nets. He was so excited to be in attendance that he busted out a lint roller during the second quarter to do some personal grooming.

The Raptors won 100-95 to even the series at 1-1.

 

Disaster averted

The Montreal Canadiens swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round series thanks a 4-3 victory Tuesday. And this kid ended up with Max Pacioretty's stick after an adult almost became Public Enemy No. 1 in the hockey world.

 

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