A rained-out Tuesday was pretty action packed, and a little head-scratching. The Boston Red Sox circled the wagons well on Tuesday, arriving at a unified message delivered to the public about the Dustin Pedroia and Manny Machado situation: this is behind us and we’re all good. But it was a weird string of events that got the Red Sox to that bottom line. Happy Hanley Ramirez decided Tuesday he was going to be Matt Barnes’ public relations representative, running bubbly interference when reporters approached Barnes in the clubhouse. Ramirez then said there was no team meeting to discuss in the fallout from that pitch Barnes threw too close to Machado’s head. Interesting. Sox manager John Farrell
Dominic Leone is playing a far larger role in the Blue Jays bullpen than expected. On Monday night the Toronto Blue Jays found themselves in the midst of a potentially game-defining jam in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out in a low-scoring contest. Coming off Marcus Stroman’s complete game the previous afternoon, John Gibbons had his whole bullpen to choose from and the man he tasked with the job was – somewhat surprisingly – former waiver claim Dominic Leone.
Derek Jeter, who has long expressed his desire to own a Major League Baseball team, has advanced significantly in his quest to make that a reality. While multiple reports asserted a group fronted by the Yankees icon and former Florida governor (and 2016 Republican presidential candidate) Jeb Bush reached an agreement in principle to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, an industry source told The Post that the Bush/Jeter consortium has in fact arranged for a window of exclusivity to complete the purchase of the Marlins from their current owner, Manhattan-based art dealer Jeffrey Loria. Bush and Jeter, who in his childhood dreamed of being the Yankees’ shortstop, must round up more financing to make the deal a go, multiple sources said.