Bullpen implodes, wasting Buchholz's gem, 6-4

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Bullpen implodes, wasting Buchholz's gem, 6-4

If you were holding on to hope that the Red Sox were about to turn it around, no one would blame you if you started to slowly creep towards that panic button.

Clay Buchholz was brilliant, going seven innings, allowing only an unearned run. It looked like he was going to get the Red Sox back in the win column, leaving with a 2-1 lead.

Enter the bullpen.

Andrew Miller quickly gave up the tying run in the eighth without recording an out and was pulled in favor of Alfredo Aceves.

Aceves worked out of the eighth with the score tied, 2-2.

Pedro Ciriaco, the Little Engine that Could, cranked a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Red Sox a lead and continuing the fantastic run he's been on since being called up to Boston. The Sox tacked on an insurance run when Cody Ross singled in Dustin Pedroia, who had been hit by a pitch and stole second.

But in the ninth it all came undone.

The Twins picked up a quick run and threatened to tie the game with two on and two out. Joe Mauer took Aceve's 3-2 pitch over the Monster, giving the Twins a 6-4 win and sending the Sox to their fourth loss in a row.

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells 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'

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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.”