The Red Sox maintained their lead atop the AL East, while the Patriots coaching staff talked about their upcoming opponent.

Dennis Eckersley opens up about the July incident with David Price: For the first time since Price attacked him for his reaction to Eduardo Rodriguez’s stats, Dennis Eckersley has opened up on the tiff. In an interview with WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the NESN broadcaster said that he was “humiliated” and wishes the episode never happened.

“I’ve been doing this for a long time, not necessarily in the booth, but with NESN,” Eckersley said on Bradford’s podcast. “The years are starting to add up, but there’s been nothing like this year. You go back over it saying why, why did something like that happen? But to have enough distance from it now to say, well, things happen in this game. It just so happened to be me. I think it’s very unfortunate for everybody that’s connected with it, Red Sox, Price, me, whatever.”

The 62-year-old acknowledged that he hasn’t spoken to Price since, and it doesn’t seem like he ever will.

“Ultimately this comes back to the dude doesn’t like me,” Eckersley said. “I get it. It’s cool. Let’s move on… Why would I want to talk to him, you know? He’s not the first guy that doesn’t like me. I get it.”

He also has no plans to change his approach to broadcasting: “Not that they’re sensitive, but everyone wants to be talked about positive, make everything positive. It’s not that way. I’ve got to do my job. I can’t just be here, this flowery type commentary. You just can’t.”

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