Notes: Drew knocks his first home run of spring

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Notes: Drew knocks his first home run of spring

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was a tough way for Yamaico Navarro to get his second walk-off hit in three days taking a pitch from the Os Wynn Pelzer off his left wrist in the ninth inning with the bases loaded to drive in Josh Reddick with the winning run, 2-1. Navarro, who had the game-winning hit Monday against the Orioles, has a contusion.

J.D. Drew entered the game hitting .182, but went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, his first homer of the spring, raising his average to .308.

Bobby Jenks pitched his third scoreless one-inning outing, with two strikeouts.

Scott Atchison pitched two scoreless innings, with one strikeout.

Tony Pena pitched perfect ninth inning to improve his record to 2-0, leading the staff in wins.

Juan Carlos Linares entered the game tied for the Grapefruit League lead with seven runs scored.

Oscar Tejeda entered the game tied for the league lead with two triples.

Mike Cameron, who had been planning to serve as the designated hitter for the game, instead sat it out to give his ailing left knee (tendonitis) one more day. He plans to DH Thursday in Port Charlotte against the Rays.

Pitchers scheduled to travel to Port Charlotte for today's game against the Rays include Daisuke Matsuzaka (starter), Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Michael Bowden and Rich Hill.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter athttp:twitter.commaureenamullen

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.