Frustration gets to Lester


Frustration gets to Lester

BOSTON For most of his career, Jon Lester has worked his spell on the Orioles. He entered Fridays game with a career record of 14-0 in 18 starts with a 2.36 ERA.

Although he has held the Orioles to three or fewer runs in his last eight starts, he was not able to improve upon his career record in this start.

Lester lasted just six innings in what turned out to be a 13-inning, 6-4, loss. He gave up three runs on five hits and two strikeouts. He surrendered a lead-off home run to Mark Reynolds in the third inning. It was Reynolds' first home run in 76 at-bats, dating back to Sept. 24, 2011.

Lester left after the sixth with a one-run lead, but the bullpen combined to go seven innings, giving up three runs for the loss.

But Lester was also handed a two-run lead in the third, that he gave back in the next inning.

Jon was battling the umpire Jim Reynolds early in the game, said manager Bobby Valentine. The offense gave him a couple of little leads and he gave them back. Fifth and sixth inning he kind of just pitched his way through it. But it was good enough to win. He left with the lead.

Lester acknowledged some frustration with Reynolds calls may have affected him.

Except for the home run in the third, I felt like the early innings were really good, Lester said. Fourth got away from me a little bit but like Ive said before I think everything I throw is a strike. Thats just my mentality. But going back and looking at it, they were balls. Jim did a good job and I just have to do a better job of controlling what Im trying to do out there and my emotions.

Lester -- who threw 122 pitches in his last outing, threw just 99 in this one, and felt like he could have continued said his frustration did not cause him to lose focus.

My focus is always there, he said. Im not thinking about other things when Im up there pitching. It bothers me until I get back on the rubber and get ready to throw my next pitch. After that its washed away and Ive moved on. I just have to do a better job in between of not letting it come to a head and boil over into my emotions, that area shown towards him, and towards the other team. Stuff like that sometimes can get them going just by showing a little bit of frustration or whatever it is.

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.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.