Pap: I know when we play Red Sox

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Pap: I know when we play Red Sox

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- For Jonathan Papelbon, Boston is gone but not forgotten.

The new closer for the Philadelphia Phillies recalled his seven seasons in Boston fondly Saturday, meeting the media at the Phils' spring training complex.

But he also has to begin a new chapter in his career and won't allow himself to think about the possibility of facing his former team in the World Series this October.

"If I can go one day at a time I know it sounds clich but thats what I have to do to do my job -- and be able to go out and do my job,'' said Papelbon.

But Papelbon quickly admitted with a smile: "I do know when we play the Red Sox (in interleague play May).''

Meanwhile, from afar, some 140 miles up Florida's Gulf Coast, Papelbon continues to monitor some old friends.

"I stay in contact with a few of them,'' said Papelbon. "I wish them all the best of luck. I have a lot of lifelong friends there. Even (Friday night, with Tim) Wakefield (retiring), that hit home for me.

'Wakefield and (Jason Varitek), these are the guys that I (met when I) came into the clubhouse as a rookie and learned the game of baseball, learned to respect the game of baseball. Those guys will always hold a special place in my heart and I'll always be friends with them, on and off the field -- except when we play them those three games in inter-league.''

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.