Pedroia's 400th RBI overshadowed by defeat

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Pedroia's 400th RBI overshadowed by defeat

BOSTON Dustin Pedroia had his 15-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday in Toronto. At the time, it was the longest active streak in the majors. He reached base in all four at-bats Friday against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park, but was credited with just one hit. In his first three times at the plate, he reached base on an error and a misplay.

He left no doubt in his final at-bat, though, as he belted his 13th home run of the season over the Monster to lead off the eighth inning. He finished the game with two RBI, giving him 401 for his career.

He has recorded a hit in all but two of 31 games since Aug. 5, batting .371 (46-for-124) in that span. But, reaching the 400-RBI mark or any other milestones, is a little difficult to appreciate in this dreadful season.

I didnt even know that, Pedroia said, after the Sox 7-5 loss to the Jays. Were trying to come out and play wining baseball. we havent played well the last few weeks, basically, the last couple months. So we got to try to find a way to put a good game together and come out and build on it.

The Sox lost again Friday, 7-3, and have now lost 14 of their last 18, 25 of 35 since Aug. 1. They are now 5-8 this season against the Jays, including 2-5 at Fenway, and dropped into a tie with Toronto for last place in the division.

Asked if he can see a light at the end of the tunnel, Pedroia responded:

I dont really know. Im worried about coming out tomorrow and helping our ballclub win.

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.