Podsednik back with a bang

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Podsednik back with a bang

Scott Podsednik hit a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday, his first Major League start since Sept. 9, 2010.
"It felt real good. It's good to be back in the big leagues. I got a pitch up, an off-speed pitch up, and I put a good swing on it.
The run proved to be the game-winner in Boston's 6-5 victory over Baltimore.
While Podsednik isn't certain where he fits with the Red Sox, he's looking forward to contributing to the team however possible.
"That kind of remains to be seen. I'm sure I'll be plugged in in different situations, so it's up to me to stay ready, be as versatile as I can, come in and help the club wherever and whenever I'm needed.

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.