David Ross yelled something to Orioles pitcher Bud Norris after the righty pitched him inside today.

“It’s kinda funny considering the fact he’s been around a while,” Norris said. “I kind of laughed it off.”

Norris said he definitely wasn’t trying to hit Ross and that Ross should know better.

“I don’t know where it came from,” Norris said. “It kind of caught me off guard.”

Norris said he has no history with Ross.

“You have to pitch on both sides of the plate, especially on the road,” he said.

Norris said Ross yelled out “Bud Man” or “Bud,” then told him to “make an adjustment.”

“Excuse me,” Norris replied before Orioles catcher Matt Wieters stepped between.

Red Sox 4, Orioles 2

Star of the Game: Brock Holt stroked an RBI triple into right-center field with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to put the Red Sox ahead 3-2. He later scored on Jonathan Herrera sac bunt.

Doubront’s Line: Felix Doubront went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs, both earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Six Hits in All: The Red Sox stroked six hits and drew two walks but it was enough to score four runs. Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz (homer and single) each had two hits. Holt and Mike Napoli each had one hit.

The Taz and Koji Duo: Junichi Tazawa relieved Doubront and earned the win, pitching 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings. Koji Uehara then earned his fourth save in four tries with a scoreless ninth.

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts will not play today. Jonathan Herrera will start at shortstop and batting eighth.

Grady Sizemore again is in the leadoff spot for Boston. Brock Holt is at third base and batting seventh.

LHP Felix Doubront (1-2, 6.75) will start for the Red Sox opposite RHP Bud Norris (0-1, 3.75) today at 1:35 p.m. here at Fenway Park.

Red Sox lineup

  1. Grady Sizemore RF
  2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  3. David Ortiz DH
  4. Mike Napoli 1B
  5. Mike Carp LF
  6. David Ross C
  7. Brock Holt 3B
  8. Jonathan Herrera SS
  9. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Red Sox with at-bats vs. Norris: Bogaerts 0-2, Carp 2-2, Gomes 1-5, Herrera 1-9, Napoli 1-6, Nava 2-6, Ortiz 1-6, Pedroia 1-4, Pierzynski 1-2, Ross 2-3 HR

Orioles lineup

  1. Nick Markakis RF
  2. Delmon Young DH
  3. Adam Jones CF
  4. Chris Davis 1B
  5. Nelson Cruz LF
  6. Matt Wieters C
  7. J.J. Hardy SS
  8. Jonathan Schoop 3B
  9. Steve Lombardozzi 2B

Orioles with at-bats vs. Doubront: Clevenger 1-1, Cruz 3-8, Davis 8-18 HR, Flaherty 2-6, Hardy 3-18, Jones 2-19, Markakis 6-13, Pearce 0-3, Schoop 1-3, Wieters 2-18, Young 2-4 HR

In a week from today, I’ll be tying the knot after 30 years as a bachelor.

Lucky lady Kristi Jagiello and I did some things to baseball-up our wedding (per my request; not hers):

1. We sent out Save The Dates styled as baseball tickets. A photo of us sitting in the dugout at Fenway was on the front.

2. The wedding program is in the form of a baseball program.

3. My sister is being introduced at the reception to Red Sox closer Koji Uehara’s entrance song “Sandstorm.” The bride’s parents will be entering to Mariano Rivera’s old entrance strong “Enter Sandman.” One of the groomsman and bridesmaids will be entering to Shane Victorino’s walk-up song “Three little birds.”

And the junior groomsmen will walk into “Everything is Awesome” because everything was awesome at Red Sox 2014 spring training as you might have heard on Felger and Mazz.

And no, I did not propose at a baseball stadium.

Red Sox players will take photos with fans on the field from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. before tomorrow’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. The invitation is open to fans of all ages attending the game.

After entering Fenway Park, ushers will allow fans to step onto the warning track, where they will take photos with players. Fans are asked to bring their own cameras.

Gates will open at 11:35 a.m. for tomorrow’s 1:35 p.m. game – a half hour earlier than normal.

The photo session is weather permitting.

The Red Sox have recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket and designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment. Holt will be active for tonight’s game against the Orioles at 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park.

Through 12 games for Pawtucket, the left-handed hitter has batted .380 (19 for 50) with six doubles, one triple, one home run and three RBIs. Among all International League players, he’s tied for second in doubles, tied for third in hits and tied for fourth in batting average.

Roberts, 33, hit .105 (2 for 19) with three walks and one run scored over his eight games with Boston.

The Red Sox and Orioles play today at 7:10 p.m. Red Sox RHP John Lackey (2-1, 3.86) faces Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 0.84).

Grady Sizemore is leading off for Boston and playing left field. Jackie Bradley Jr. again is in center field.

Red Sox lineup:

  1. Grady Sizemore LF
  2. Daniel Nava RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  4. Mike Napoli DH
  5. Mike Carp 1B
  6. Xander Bogaerts SS
  7. A.J. Pierynski C
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
  9. Brock Holt 3B

Orioles lineup:

  1. Nick Markakis RF
  2. Delmon Young LF
  3. Chris Davis 1B
  4. Adam Jones CF
  5. Nelson Cruz DH
  6. Matt Wieters C
  7. J.J. Hardy SS
  8. Steve Lombardozzi 2B
  9. Jonathan Schoop 3B

The Red Sox start a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow in Chicago. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tomorrow: Boston RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 2.13) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 9.58), 8:10 p.m., NESN.

Wednesday: Boston RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 6.97) vs. LHP John Danks (1-0, 4.15), 8:10 p.m., NESN.

Thursday: Boston LHP Jon Lester (1-2, 2.57) vs. LHP Chris Sale (3-0, 2.66), 8:10 p.m., NESN.

Cecchini update

Garin Cecchini, throws to first during spring training. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Red Sox third base prospect Garin Cecchini went 1 for 6 with two runs in the Pawtucket Red Sox’ 7-5 win over Buffalo yesterday. Cecchini is batting .316 with a .366 on-base percentage but just a .342 slugging percentage in his first 10 Triple-A games.

Allen Webster started for the Pawtucket, going 5.0 innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on three runs and four walks while striking out one. His ERA stands at 3.68 after three starts.

What a start for Betts!

Mookie Betts, a 21-year-old second baseman who is ranked the seventh best prospect in the Red Sox system, went 1 for 3 with a double, walk and RBI for Double-A Portland yesterday. But Portland lost 6-3.

Betts is batting .457 with a .512 on-base percentage, .743 slugging percentage, one homer, four RBIs, five doubles and one triple in his first nine Double-A games.

Doyle in Double-A

Salem High graduate Terry Doyle, who spent last summer pitching in the Red Sox organization, is back with the Chicago White Sox and struggled in his first two starts for their Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons.

He has allowed six earned runs in 10.1 innings (5.23 ERA).

Dominant Owens

Red Sox top pitching prospect, 21-year-old left-hander Henry Owens, hasn’t allowed a run in his first two starts (12.2 innings) with Double-A Portland so far this year.

Owens — who pitches today against Binghamton in Portland — has allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out 18 batters.

Sanchez’s outing

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez, the No. 1 prospect in the Blue Jays system, allowed three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out four batters for the Fisher Cats, who lost 6-0 at home to Binghamton yesterday.

Sanchez, 21, has the best fastball and curveball in the Toronto system, according to Baseball America.

What are your favorite and least favorite ballparks to visit?

That was the question posed by Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith to five different baseball players, Shin-Soo Choo, Jake Peavy, Ryan Braun, Mike Napoli and Alex Rios, as well Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who starred in the movie “Major League.”


Jake Peavy isn't a fan of Oakland's ballpark but he likes pitching there. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

Red Sox starting pitcher

2007 Cy Young winner

“My favorite park to visit is Wrigley Field. I love the history of the place, I love the atmosphere there at the place and I love being there in Chicago. My least favorite would probably be Oakland for all the reasons. Just it’s not very well set up for the stuff that we need to get our work in.

“I like pitching in Oakland if that makes any sense because the ballpark plays conducive to a pitcher, especially at night. The foul territory, it plays pretty big. But just the clubhouse, the training room and the weight room, the stuff that we need is not very (good). But at the same time, I’m not complaining. Shoot, I feel blessed any day I get to go to a major league ballpark.”


Rangers left fielder

.390 career OBP

“I like Seattle. I know April and May, early in the year, lot of rain, but I think the summertime is beautiful — beautiful weather. It’s clean. Nice city in the downtown. I go to a lot of sushi places and my wife likes it. So with Seattle, my wife always travels with me.

“Probably Oakland (is the least favorite). The city is OK, but I think it’s too far from the hotel to the ballpark. And then (it’s) a football field so the field conditions are not really nice like other fields. And then day games, it’s really tough to see the ball in the outfield. The sun’s like right there.”


Ryan Braun admits his team struggles in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Brewers outfielder

2011 NL MVP

“My favorite ballpark for me would have to be Dodgers Stadium. I grew up in Los Angeles. Grew up a big Dodgers fan. I remember going to games as a kid. And I always say that everything in this game happens so quickly that we rarely have an opportunity to step back and reflect on where we’re at or appreciate what we’re able to do for a living.

“And I think every time I go there, it’s one of those rare opportunities that I have to really take a step back, appreciate it and say, ‘It’s pretty cool. I’m in the big leagues. It’s pretty cool.’

“I don’t have a least favorite, to be honest with you. I’d say over the last few years, probably St. Louis because we haven’t had much success there. We used to play them pretty tough but over the last few years we haven’t had a lot of success there.”


Red Sox first baseman

171 career homers

“I like playing at Wrigley. But I like the city, too. Just those day games there, it’s cool. Lot of history. Probably Oakland, just something about it, I just really don’t like. You have got to stay all the way in San Fran, which is like 30 minutes away. The foul balls, you get out (because of such large foul territory). And it’s usually is a little bit of a cold (feel).”

Mike Napoli loves visiting Chicago. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Rangers outfielder

Two-time All-Star

“The least one would be Oakland. I just don’t like that place. Too many (reasons). The ballpark is weird and I just don’t like it. And my favorite, New York is nice because it’s New York City. Just the city itself, it’s a treat. I usually explore new places every time I go.”


Brewers broadcaster

Starred in “Major League”

“I’ve always loved coming to Fenway Park, only because of the history behind this ballpark and going back to when I first came to the big leagues as a broadcaster in ‘71 and to remember all those teams in Boston. I played one game here. I think it was 1965, maybe it was ‘66. I played a Jimmy Fund game here when I was with the Phillies.

“The thing that always impressed me about this place is not only the field and history, but what they do inside here. The new concessions and the new areas they built, and seating that they’ve added on, it all looks the same. I don’t know how these construction guys do this stuff to make everything the way it was when it was built. …

“(Least favorite): One place that was really kind of tough (to broadcast at) was old Shea Stadium. That was kind of a tough place to work. When it got hot, it was hot.”

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