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What started as a blowout turned into a brawl on Friday night at Fenway Park.

After jumping out 8-0 in the first inning, the Red Sox had a commanding 10-3 lead over the Orioles in the bottom of the eighth. With one out and David Ortiz at the plate, the game had fended off rain showers and looked to be nearing its end.

That is, until Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg threw inside to Ortiz.

And then he did it again.

Ortiz took exception to the pitches and began to walk toward the mound, but retreated to the plate where he popped out to centerfield. Gregg shouted to Ortiz as he ran toward first base and was promptly ejected by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook. Once again, Ortiz headed toward the mound — and this time, no one retreated.

“I think you show them that we’re not backing down,” said Gregg. “We’re not scared of them – them and their $180 million payroll. We don’t care. We’re here to play the game. We have just as much right to play the game here and we’re going to do everything we can to win.”

C is for Cookie didn’t like that:

When asked about Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg’s comments on Friday regarding the Red Sox payroll, Jason Varitek responded, “We have some youth too, so they can literally kiss my rear end.”