Red Sox have no answers for Kuroda in 4-1 loss

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Red Sox have no answers for Kuroda in 4-1 loss

NEW YORK -- Starting pitching has been the Red Sox' chief problem for most of the season, but on the current road trip, it was their offense that let them down the most.

In the trip finale, the Sox were limited to just five hits and lost to the New York Yankees, 4-1. Their only run came on a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh, his ninth homer in the second half of the season and fourth on this road trip.

It marked the seventh time in the 10-game trek -- during which they were 4-6 -- that the Sox were held to three runs or fewer. Other than the homer by Gonzalez, the Red Sox had only one other baserunner reach second base all night.

Josh Beckett, 5-11, allowed all four of the runs in six innings of work. Beckett has one win since May 20 and in his 21 starts this season, the Sox are 7-14.

As has been his custom too often this season, Beckett fell behind early, as Derek Jeter doubled, took third on a groundout and scored on an RBI-double from Curtis Granderson.

A second run scored on a wild pitch in the third before Beckett gave up solo homers to Ichiro Suzuki in both the fourth and sixth.

The Yankees hit eight homers in the series, each one with the bases empty.

The loss dropped the Red Sox a season-high 7 12 games back in the American League wild card race.

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.