Masterful Doubront leads Sox past Tribe

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Masterful Doubront leads Sox past Tribe

BOSTON Felix Doubront gave the Red Sox a much needed shot of starting pitching confidence Saturday night against the Indians. Doubront went six innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts, as the Sox beat the Indians, 4-1.

He threw 109 pitches (66 strikes), his third-highest pitch total this season, behind 111 in his last start on May 7, and 110 on April 26.

Those three games account for Doubronts three wins this season, as he improved to 3-1 with a 4.46 ERA.

It was Doubronts second quality start in seven outings this season.

The offense gave him an early lead, with two outs in the third and another in the fourth. Mike Aviles led off the third with a single to center, scoring on Dustin Pedroias one-out double off the wall in left. David Ortizs double off the wall in left-center scored Pedroia.

Daniel Nava led off the fourth with a single to left, taking third on Jarrod Saltalamacchias ground-rule double to right, and scored on Aviles sacrifice fly.

Cody Ross crushed a two-out solo shot in the sixth, the ball clearing the Monster, landing on the parking deck across Lansdowne Street. It was Ross sixth home run of the season.

Three relievers Andrew Miller, Vicente Padilla, and Alfredo Aceves combined to pitch three scoreless innings. Aceves earned his seventh save with a perfect ninth inning.

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.