Sox lose 43 to Royals, drop series

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Sox lose 43 to Royals, drop series

KANSAS CITY The Red Sox have lost games in virtually every conceivable manner this season. Wednesday night, they discovered yet another.

Poor outfield defense led to three unearned runs in the first inning, and the Red Sox never recovered, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Kansas City Royals, a team that had won all of two games at home this season before the Red Sox arrived in town.

With two out and two on in the first, Johnny Giavotella lined a ball to center which Marlon Byrd misjudged. He misplayed the ball, allowing the two baserunners to score. Giovatella later came around to score, too, on a double by catcher Brayan Pena which Cody Ross ran down on the warning track, then juggled and dropped.

A bases-clearing double by Adrian Gonzalez in the third inning accounted for all three of the Red Sox runs.

A single by Cody Ross and a walk by Jarrod Saltalamacchia to open the ninth gave the Sox hope, and a sacrifice bunt by Marlon Byrd put both runners in scoring position.

But closer Jonathan Broxton got Ryan Sweeney to line out to left, then got Mike Aviles on a groundout to short for the final out.

Jon Lester allowed just one earned run, but once more, a high pitch count limited his night to just five innings. He needed 108 pitches to record just 15 outs.

Clayton Mortensten contributed three scoreless innings of relief, but Boston's hitters were also shut out through those frames.

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.