Notes: Lackey to be skipped in rotation after rainout

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Notes: Lackey to be skipped in rotation after rainout

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON With Wednesdays rainout and Thursdays scheduled day off, Red Sox manager Terry Francona made some adjustments to his starting rotation.

The Toronto Blue Jays come to Fenway Park for a four-game series starting Friday. Clay Buchholz will start that game, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka. John Lackey is scheduled to start the first game in Oakland on Tuesday.

Basically, Lackeys missing a turn so we dont have to try to have guys going on a weeks rest, Francona said. Its not perfect for him. But then well try to map it out where it helps him. But, rather than have five guys really pushed back way too much, well take one start, let Lack start the game out in Oakland where hes had a lot of success.

In 16 starts in Oakland, Lackey has a record of 8-4, with a 2.92 ERA. In two very ineffective starts this season, he is 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA, allowing 17 earned runs in 8 23 innings. Francona was asked if the extra time off would give Lackey a chance to work out some of his issues.

I certainly always want guys to work on stuff, he said. But theres a lot that went into the decision. With rain today, day off tomorrow, we have an 11 a.m. game on Monday. This seemed to keep us on somewhat of a pattern where theres some consistency.

Francona said some players will come to the park on Thursday to work out. But, because of the relatively early decision to call the game Wednesday, most of the players were able to get in their required work.

Jed Lowrie, who is hitting .438 (7-for-16), was scheduled to be the starting shortstop Wednesday before the postponement. Asked if the regular season has been an extension of a productive spring training for Lowrie, Francona replied:

Well, he was healthy, Francona said. I actually thought he was a little overaggressive at times this spring. Swung at a lot more balls out of the zone than weve seen. Maybe thats some of it's probably just early spring training. But hes a good hitter. Weve said that were trying to find ways to get him in the game and theres days like today would have been where somebodys got to sit. Just trying to win a game.

Left-hander Dennys Reyes has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. However, he will first report to the teams training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., to work on some things, said general manager Theo Epstein.

Reyes, who signed with the Sox as a free agent in February, appeared in four games, spanning 1 23innings, before the team designated him for assignment on April 8.

Wednesday's game will be rescheduled for a date in the summer. Tickets for this game can be used then.

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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.