Gonzalez first Red Sox cleanup hitter to go 0-for-8

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Gonzalez first Red Sox cleanup hitter to go 0-for-8

BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalez wanted to pitch. He was clearly trying to do anything he could to help the team get a win in Sunday's 17-inning marathon game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park, because he sure wasn't hitting.

Gonzalez finished the 9-6 loss going 0-for-8 with two strikeouts. It marks the first time a Red Sox cleanup hitter finished a game 0-for-8, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

As bad a day that it was for Gonzalez, he still offered to move from first base to the mound, once Bobby Valentine used up his entire bullpen.

But that wasn't happening.

"Adrian really wanted to pitch, just for the record," said Valentine after the loss. "And for the record, I didn't put him out there."

What Valentine really wanted Gonzalez to do was put one in the seats in the bottom of the 17th, after Ryan Sweeney led off with a single and Dustin Pedroia walked. A home run there would have tied the game. Instead, Gonzalez struck out swinging against the Orioles' designated hitter who also finished the game 0-for-8.

Gonzalez didn't talk to the media after the game. But the Red Sox hitter who pitched on Sunday, did.

When Darnell McDonald was asked if it came down to him or Gonzalez jumping onto the mound, McDonald said, "Adrian, to pitch? Nah, Adrian ain't pitching."

On Sunday, Gonzalez didn't pitch or hit, and it hurt the Red Sox.

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.