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Price-Eckersley feud continues

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox pitcher David Price remains frustrated with TV analyst Dennis Eckersley over his critical comments about some of his teammates.

Speaking to reporters before Saturday night’s game against Kansas City at Fenway Park, the ace left-hander said he would speak to the Hall of Famer when he comes into the clubhouse.

“If Eck was around, he’d know who we are. He’s never in the clubhouse,” Price said. “He’s the one guy I’ve seen in my career that never shows his face in the clubhouse.”

Price, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday with left elbow inflammation, also said he doesn’t think his injury is anything near what sidelined him from early March until the end of May.

The Boston Globe first reported late last month that Price confronted Eckersley on a team flight.

Price was upset Eckersley didn’t make himself available to the players after what they felt were harsh comments.

“If you’re going to say what he said, come around, show your face,” Price said Saturday. “If guys have a problem with it, pull him aside. That ain’t how it’s done. That ain’t the first time it’s happened here regarding Eck. It’s unfortunate.”

The 31-year-old Price said he was standing up for his teammates. He also said opponents have commented to him and his teammates about Eckersley’s analysis.

“Every team that we play here, whenever they hear our broadcast, everybody in here is always getting text messages that (say): ‘He has to never be around,'” he said. “People know what’s going on.”

Price signed a $217 millon, seven-year contract with Boston before last season. He went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in his first year with the Red Sox.

He was 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA before going on the DL. He hopes to return soon.

Jets hire their first female coach

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Collette Smith made some coaching history with the New York Jets.

The first female coach in franchise history made her debut as a defensive assistant Saturday during the team’s opening practice of training camp.

The 44-year-old Smith is serving as a coaching intern on Todd Bowles’ coaching staff through the summer. She will work as an assistant under defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson.

Smith is the third woman to coach in the NFL, joining Kathryn Smith, who was a quality control coach in Buffalo last year, and Jen Walter, who was a coaching intern for Arizona during training camp in 2015.

Bowles said Saturday that he met Smith over a year ago when she attended a few Jets practices.

“Just talking to her over the course of time, her football knowledge is outstanding,” Bowles said. “It’s all male interns so far, and I thought it would be a good idea to bring in a female intern. And that’s strictly off her skillset, not because she’s female or anything else. She’s a good football coach.”

Smith, a native of Queens, New York, grew up rooting for the Jets, according to an interview with the New York Daily News. She played three seasons with the New York Sharks in the Independent Women’s Football League. She also served as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Sharks, as well as working as the team’s director of marketing.

“We got to talking a lot and she fits in with the guys,” Bowles said, “so we gave her a chance.”

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