Red Sox slug way to win in Kansas City, 11-5

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Red Sox slug way to win in Kansas City, 11-5

KANSAS CITY -- Unleashing the long ball as their preferred weapon of choice, the Red Sox belted four homers -- accounting for all but one of their runs -- and dusted the Kansas City Royals, 11-5 to snap a five-game losing streak.

The win was Boston's seventh in their last eight games on the road following another disappointing homestand.

Rookie Will Middlebrooks, hard on the heels of his grand slam Sunday at Fenway, knocked in five runs with a three-run homer in the first which jumpstarted the offense and a two-run homer in the eighth when the Royals were closing in. He also had a double.

Dustin Pedroia -- two-run homer in the fourth -- and David Ortiz -- solo shot in the third -- also homered for the Sox, who pounded out 16 hits.

Felix Doubront, whom the Sox needed to give them some length after Sunday's 17-inning marathon, went 6 13 before fading in the seventh, having thrown a career-high 111 pitches.

He had retired 12-of-13 entering the seventh, but faltered with singles and a bases-loaded walk.

Vicente Padilla bailed the Sox out of that jam when he got Billy Butler to ground into an inning-ending double play, then went on to throw two more additional scoreless innings.

Over the last 14 games, the Red Sox bullpen has compiled a 1.44 ERA, with just nine earned runs over the last 56 13 innings.

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.