Notes: Sox to honor Bruins before game


Notes: Sox to honor Bruins before game

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON The Red Sox will host a ceremony to honor the Stanley Cup champion Bruins before the finale of the three-game series with the Brewers Sunday afternoon. Several Sox players wore hats in the clubhouse commemorating the Bruins championship, including Darnell McDonald.

Im excited, McDonald said. Ive never seen the Stanley Cup. It should be pretty cool.

It will be the first meeting between manager Terry Francona and Bruins coach Claude Julien.

More importantly, it will be the first time he gets to meet me, Francona joked. Im sure hell be impressed.

The Bruins could have the run of the clubhouse, Francona said.

- The Sox have gotten limited production from right fielders this season, hitting a combined .223 with eight home runs and 30 RBI in 70 games.

Most of that is attributable to J.D. Drew, who is hitting .225 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 55 games.

"Being honest, J.D. hasn't caught fire," Francona said. "That's just being honest. But he always seems to have the ability to have that one big spurt.

I know it's there. So, rather than run away from him -- I know we've sat him against a bunch of lefties -- we'd love for him to get hot because I know it's in there."

- Francona on Mike Cameron adjusting to being a part-time player:

I think it's certainly not mentality because he's as good as you're going to find. If Cam's strong and healthy enough, I think he's used to playing every day. I think it is a change for him. It's been hard for him so far to be productive.

"I think there are guys that are more able to transition to being part-timers.

You try to think about that when you're putting your team together.

- Jonathan Papelbon is off his two-day suspension and is available for Sundays game.

- The game is expected to start about 10 minutes late because of the pregame ceremony.

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'


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.