Red Sox sign Buchholz, Bard, Lowrie, 12 others


Red Sox sign Buchholz, Bard, Lowrie, 12 others

By SeanMcAdam

The Red Sox finalized one-year deals with 15 players on their 40-man roster Tuesday, including four players expected to be part of the club's Opening Day roster.

Many of the players signed have yet to reach the big leagues. The rest have somewhere between a few months and less than three years of service time. As such, they lack the leverage of salary arbitration.

Clay Buchholz was signed for 555,000; Daniel Bard for 505,000; Darnell McDonald for 470,000; and Jed Lowrie for 450,000.

The remaining 11 players - catchers Luis Exposito and Mark Wagner; outfielders Ryan Kalish and Josh Reddick; infielders Lars Anderson, Oscar Tejeda, Yamaico Navarro; and pitchers Scott Atchison, Michael Bowden, Felix Doubront and Stolmy Pimentel -- all signed for either the major league minimum of 414,000 or, in the case of Anderson, Bowden, Doubront, Kalish and Reddick, slightly higher.

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Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

Boston pitchers strike out 14, but Red Sox still fall to Rays, 7-3

The appearance of Tampa Bay Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough almost got the Boston Red Sox back in their spring training exhibition game. The Sox managed to score all three of their runs against the 25-year-old in their 7-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida on Sunday.

But the Rays, who scored runs in five different innings, managed to widen their lead in the eighth inning by beating up on Sox lefty Luis Isla, a 24-year-old who spent last season with Portland and Pawtucket. In the eighth, Rays' Joe McCarthy homered and Luke Maile managed an RBI single, which cappped off the scoring in the contest. Sox starter Hector Velazquez allowed three hits and an earned run in his two innnings. The 28-year-old, who spent 2016 in the Mexican League, still managed to amass four strikeouts.

"I was a little nervous at the start, being in the United States for the first time and playing for a big league club for the first time," Velazquez told through an interpreter. "But once I got the first out, all the nerves went away, and I was able to bear down."

Despite allowing two homers, Boston pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

With the exception of the Sox' inning against Yarbrough, Boston's veterans and prospects struggled mighltily against the Rays pitching staff. Chris Archer started for Tampa, and set the tone in the first two innings, where he threw two strikeouts, one walk and allowed one hit and no runs. Andrew Benintendi (0-for-3), Sam Travis (0-for-2) and Bryce Brentz (0-for-3) went hitless on the day. Travis, however, reached base on balls.

"I felt good. I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish," Archer said, via the Red Sox' team website. "Just out there having fun, it was really fun to be out there in the spectrum with the umpire, the fans, the batter. It was fun."

Marco Hernandez's triple got the Sox' eighth-inning off to a strong start, and singles from Matt Dominguez, Deven Marrero, Rusney Castillo and Cole Sturgeon followed. The Sox' eighth inning scoring ended after Castillo got thrown out by left fielder McCarthy at third. Six Red Sox finished with one-hit outings, including Brock Holt and Blake Swihart.

The Sox will next host the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Myers on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET.