Red Sox fall to Orioles for 90th loss, 6-3

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Red Sox fall to Orioles for 90th loss, 6-3

BALTIMORE -- Another day, another inglorious milestone.

The Red Sox absorbed another loss Sunday -- 6-3 to the upstart Baltimore Orioles -- and thus recorded their 90th loss of the season, reaching that plateau for the first time since 1966, 46 ago.

Zach Stewart, getting his second start of the season, was rocked for five runs on seven hits in just 2 23 innings of work. In two starts for the Sox this year -- the other came Aug. 29 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -- Stewart has pitched a combined 5 23 innings and allowed 17 hits and a staggering 14 earned runs.

He yielded a leadoff homer to Nate McLouth and two more runs in the first. When he gave up a solo homer to J.J Hardy and two more singles resulting in another run in the third, he was pulled.

Three Red Sox relievers combined to go the rest of the way and allowed just one run, but the early-inning damage against Stewart proved too much to overcome.

All three of the Red Sox runs came on homers. Cody Ross hit No. 22 to lead off the fourth. After Ryan Lavarnway singles with one out in the seventh, Daniel Nava hit his fifth of the season.

The loss was the eighth in the last nine games overall for the Sox.

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.