From Comcast SportsNetOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Ravens safety Ed Reed isn't planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl."I'll be playing next year," Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for their Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season.Earlier this month, in announcing his intention to step down after the playoffs, Lewis spoke of taking a "last ride."To which Reed said Thursday: "No, it's not my last ride. I just bought a bike."Now in his 11th season, Reed hasn't missed a start since 2010, when he sat out Baltimore's first six games with a hip injury. This season, he was one of only two players on the Ravens defense (along with cornerback Cary Williams) to start in all 16 games.Reed has been selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including each one since 2006.Reed's 61 career interceptions are a franchise record, and he has an NFL-record 1,541 yards in interception returns."There's no other man like Ed Reed," Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones said. "He's passionate and he's such a hard worker. That guy helps me out, and he's a safety. He understands the game at every position."This season, Reed made 58 tackles and intercepted four passes, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown. He also recovered three fumbles.In the playoffs, he has 10 tackles while serving as the last line of defense for a unit that last week dominated New England in the AFC championship game.Reed will be playing in his first Super Bowl, and it's in his home state of Louisiana."It's amazing to be going back to New Orleans," he said. "I'm so grateful."
NEW YORK -- Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a terrific 2015, his second full season in the big leagues.
He finished second in the American League batting race, established himself as a solid defender at short and generally showed immense promise.
The only thing he didn't do was show much home run power, limited to just seven homers.
This past spring, both manager John Farrell and Chili Davis expressed confidence that the home runs would come, and that they would come organically.
And so they have. In Thursday night's loss to the New York Yankees, a solo homer in the fifth by Bogaerts represented the only Red Sox run of the night in a 5-1 loss. It also gave Bogaerts 21 homers for the year, exactly triple his output from a year ago.
"The maturity is clearly taking hold," said John Farrell of Bogaerts' growth. "You start to get a couple thousand at-bats at the major league level, you're starting to understand your swing, you're picking out certain counts in which to leverage a little bit more. He's been able to do that.
"Home runs are up across the board. But with Xander in particular, he's physically maturing and he's maturing as a major league player as well."
Bogaerts took the advise of Davis and others and didn't set out to try to hit more homers this year. He knew they would come in time.
"Maybe not this quick," he said of the big increase, "but probably in the future, yeah. That's what I did in the minor leagues, so it's kind of something that I thought might translate to the big leagues, too."
Bogaerts is hard-pressed to put his finger on any on factor to explain the big uptick. After all, he didn't change his swing or his stance.
Rather, the homers came as a result of him understanding himself better as a hitter and consistently taking the right approach at the plate.
"It's just (a matter of) taking good swings in good counts," he offered. "Sometimes, you're looking for one. But overall, it's just being a more mature hitter and looking for the right spots to pick and choose."
It hasn't hurt that he's surrounded by quality hitters in the Red Sox lineup, with Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia ahead of him earlier in the year, and now Pedrioa ahead of him and David Ortiz behind him.
In addition to seeing better pitches because of who's surrounding him, Bogaerts has also benefitted from listening to Ortiz, who watches his at-bats and offers advice when called for.
Still, most of the credit belongs to Bogaerts himself, who has grown into his power naturally -- just as his manager and hitting coach forecast.
NEW YORK -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees:
* "It seems like everybody was happy that I'm leaving." David Ortiz, unaccustomed to ovations and cheering at Yankee Stadium.
* "I thought he threw a high number of strikes. There was good swing-and-miss to his changeup and he took the opportunity and showed well." John Farrell on Henry Owens.
* "It's just taking good swings in good counts. It's just being a more mature hitter and looking for the right spots to pick and choose." Xander Bogaerts, who has tripled his homer output since last year.
* With his fourth-inning homer, Xander Bogaerts tripled his home run total from last year, improving from seven to 21.
* The season series between the Red Sox and Yankees ended with the Sox winning 11 of the 18 games.
* The Boston bullpen has given up eight runs in the last two nights after allowing only seven this month before Wednesday night.
* The Sox suffered only their second sweep of the season. They were also swept by the Tigers in July.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. has reached base safely in his last 13 games.
* Junichi Tazawa has contributed seven straight scoreless outings.
* Robbie Ross Jr. allowed a season-high three walks -- all in the same inning.
* Henry Owens has a career ERA of 8.53 against the Yankees.
* David Ortiz went hitless (0-for-11) in his final series at Yankee Stadium.
1) CC Sabathia
Sabathia turned back the clock and looked like a far younger version of himself, pitching into the eighth and allowed just a run on four hits while striking out eighth.
2) Jacoby Ellsbury
Ellsbury had a hand in the first Yankee run -- walk, stolen base, run scored -- and doubled home the second run in the fifth inning.
3) Xander Bogaerts
The Sox had little offense on the night, but Bogaerts smoked a solo homer in the fourth to account for their only run.