Rays rout Red Sox, 13-3

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Rays rout Red Sox, 13-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox late-season temporary detour away from embarrassment is apparently over.
After winning four of their first five games of their next-to-last road trip, the Sox promptly did a face plant Wednesday night at Tropicana field, drubbed by the Tampa Bay Rays, 13-3.
The same basic Tampa Bay lineup -- give or take a couple of players -- that was limited to just three hits Tuesday, banged out 15 hits, including six extra base hits.
Of course, the Rays had some help from a laundry list of Red Sox pitchers, who allowed nine walks, including six in the Rays' seven run-sixth. The six walks in an inning were the most by Red Sox pitchers since at least 1984.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has won one of his 10 starts this season, was shelled for five runs on nine hits in just three innings plus of work. His ERA for the season jumped to 7.68.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and knocked in two of the three Red Sox runs.
When catcher Guillermo Quiroz entered the game in the seventh, it set a franchise record for the most players used in a season: 56.
The loss, the 82nd of the season, also guaranteed that the Red Sox will finish under .500 for the first time since 1997.

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.