Red Sox notes: No word on possible suspension for Ross


Red Sox notes: No word on possible suspension for Ross

BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday he had received no word on a potential suspension for Cody Ross, who was ejected Wednesday night after being called out on strikes to end the eighth inning by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez. Valentine and third-base coach Jerry Royster were also ejected during the incident.

I dont know how the system works so I would guess that . . . I would have any concerns after I know how the system works, Valentine said. It used to be that you'd have to touch someone or say something really bad and it seemed like a guy who was into the moment got excited. That used to be acceptable, but I dont know how the systems working these days.

Valentine didn't think Ross made contact with Marquez.

He didnt come close, I dont think, Valentine said. I dont think he came close. It had to have been before I got there, but . . .

I dont think he was going to touch him. He was going to get close, talk in private.

The ejection was Valentines sixth of the season, a new Red Sox high for a player, coach, or manager in one season. It was also the 43rd time in his managerial career he had been ejected,

I can tell you this year Ive done less in all six times than I ever did before, Valentine said. So its a different system.

The pitching matchups for the three-game series in Toronto are: Friday -- right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-5, 7.20 ERA) vs. left-hander Aaron Laffey (3-5, 4.43): Saturday -- right-hander Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.46) vs. right-hander Carlos Villanueva (7-5, 3.48); Sunday -- left-hander Jon Lester (9-11, 4.99) vs. right-hander Brandon Morrow (8-6, 3.16).

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


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.