Red Sox fire pitching coach Bob McClure

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Red Sox fire pitching coach Bob McClure

Moments after announcing that Carl Crawford will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox announce that they've relieved Bob McClure of his pitching coach duties.

Sox also announce that Bob McClure has been let go as pitching coach. Asst. pitching coach Randy Niemann takes over. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
Randy Niemann becomes fourth Red Sox pitching coach since 2010 following Farrell, Young and McClure. RedSoxTalk Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
McClure and Valentine clashed, but Cherington maintains: "This is a performance-based decision.'' Starter ERA of 4.82 a huge factor. Sean McAdam(@Sean_McAdam) August 20, 2012
The Red Sox pitching woes have been well documented this season. They rank 23rd in team ERA (4.30), 25th in quality starts (57), 16th in WHIP (1.30), and 16th in batting average against (.255).

More to come . . .

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.