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

Angela Sun
Yahoo Sports Minute

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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