First inning does Beckett, Sox in against Marlins

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First inning does Beckett, Sox in against Marlins

MIAMI -- Facing his former team for the first time since coming to the Red Sox, Josh Beckett didn't allow a hit in his final five innings of work.

But Beckett was rocked for three runs in the first and another in the second and, in a familiar theme for this season, his teammates offered him little in the way of run support, sending the Red Sox to their fourth straight loss and seventh in their last eight tries, a 4-1 setback to the Florida Marlins.

The Sox collected just five hits -- three of them singles from leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik -- and dropped to three games under .500 for the first time since May 14.

Boston's offense continues to sputter. Only three times in the last eight games have the Red Sox scored more than four runs per game.

Beckett, who pitched the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003, allowed hits to four of the first six batters he faced. A sacrifice fly by Donovan Solano scored Jose Reyes (triple) for the first run. Logan Morrison (double) and Gaby Sanchez (single) produced two more.

A single by John Buck, a sacrifice and a RBI-single by Solano accounted for another run in the second.

The only run off Florida starter Josh Johnson came in the sixth when Podsednik singled with one out, took third on Dustin Pedroia's line double to left and scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez.

Beckett, 4-7, retired 19 of the final 20 hitters he faced. But by the third, the damage had been done.

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.