NEW YORK -- A year ago, Josh Beckett couldn't do anything right against the New York Yankees. This year, it's all changed around.
Beckett dominated the Yankees for the second time in 2011 Saturday night, tossing six shutout innings to help the Red Sox blank the Yankees, 6-0. In 14 innings this year, the Yankees have yet to score a single run off Beckett and have struck out 19 times.
The win was the second straight for Boston and fourth in five tries against the Yankees.
Adrian Gonzalez broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh, chasing CC Sabathia. For Gonzalez, it marked the fourth straight game in which he's homered, with five homers in that stretch. The first baseman has eight homers in his last 11 games.
A two-run double by Jacoby Ellsbury had opened the scoring for the Sox in the fifth, providing Beckett with a least a little run support.
Beckett, 3-1, won for the first time since April 16. He had been stuck with no-decisions in his previous two outings. Beckett is unscored upon in his last 17 13 innings.
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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.
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.