By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Josh Beckett was scratched from his start on Tuesday because of illness. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will start in his place.
Beckett hasnt felt good the last couple of days, Francona said. He was going to go home and see if he felt better. The more we were thinking about it, we kind of said, 'You know what, this is silly. Youre that sick and kind of worried about pitching tomorrow.' Im not sure how good he would feel anyway.
We stayed away from Aceves in Mondays game. We didnt need him anyway, but we were going to stay away.
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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.