Lester still searching for groove

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Lester still searching for groove

BOSTON --- When left-hander Jon Lester next takes the mound, as he is scheduled Sunday in the series finale against the Blue Jays, he will bring a record of 5-7 with a 4.80 ERA with him. In his last outing, July 17 against the White Sox, he lasted just four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, one home run, and three walks, with four strikeouts. He needed 91 pitches to get through his outing.

He has given up at least one run, and six total, in each of the first innings of his last four starts. He has allowed six or more runs in three starts this season, all three were his shortest outings of the season.

Lester was not interested in talking about his pitching today, though.

Manager Bobby Valentine was asked if there is anything Lester has done differently in his routine since his last outing.

He went out there last time with pitching coach Bob McClure and worked a little on a mechanical situation and I think hes going out to build on that.

I stay out of thinking about it but watching him its always consistently good stuff and I keep thinking theres a lot of balls that are batted and they arent hit at the fielder. When he gets in the seventh inning its because they are hit at fielders. Maybe hell miss some more bats and have some of the batted balls go right at some people.

Valentine said there is nothing physically wrong with Lester.

Been totally reassured that physically he is tip-top shape, Valentine said.

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.