Beckett better, but far from good against Yankees

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Beckett better, but far from good against Yankees

NEW YORK -- It was far from his worst start of the season, but, as Josh Beckett himself is fond of saying, it didn't yield the desired result.

As a matter of fact, it resulted in a pretty predictable result: a Red Sox loss. Beckett allowed all four runs in a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees Sunday, dropping the team's records in games he's started this season to 7-14.

"It's a work in progress, I guess," shrugged Beckett. "Still (lousy) results. I've got to keep working. The good thing I have right now is health and we'll move forward with that. Some things were better today, but it's still the same (lousy) results."

Beckett was roughed by Derek Jeter (three hits including two doubles, two runs scored) and Ichiro Suzuki (two solo homers).

"I made some bad pitches to two guys," said Beckett, 5-11, who has won only once since May 20. "I made some good pitches when I needed to, then didn't make good pitches at other times. The Ichiro home runs were on fastballs. Both of them I left up. I think sometimes, a lot of his hits off me have been pitches where they're balls and he turns them into hits because he has such great plate coverage.

"That wasn't the case today."

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”