A's knock around lifeless Matsuzaka, Red Sox lose, 6-1

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A's knock around lifeless Matsuzaka, Red Sox lose, 6-1

OAKLAND -- Call it Revenge of the Alumni.

Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss, two former Red Sox outfielders getting their chance to play more on the West Coast, combined to drive in five runs as the Oakland A's beat the Red Sox, 6-1.

Reddick hit his 19th homer of the season in the first and Moss added his ninth homer, a three-run shot, in the second. Daisuke Matsuzaka endured one of his worst -- and shortest -- outings since joining the Red Sox six years ago, charged with five runs in an inning-plus of work.

Matsuzaka was fresh off a strong start last week against Toronto when he yielded a single run in 5 23 innings. But Matsuzaka faced nine hitters and six reached before Bobby Valentine used a quick hook to lift him.

Clayton Mortensen contributed five innings of long relief, allowing just one run, but the Sox, who took a 1-0 lead in the first when Dustin Pedroia singled home Daniel Nava, didn't score over the final eight innings.

After a weekend series in Seattle that saw them go 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position, the Sox again failed to come up with any timely hits. Pedroia's run-scoring single in the first was the only one, in fact, as the Sox were 1-for-6 in that department.

The loss dropped the Sox to 7-18 in Oakland since July 26, 2006.

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.