Padres find a way to beat Red Sox, 5-4

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Padres find a way to beat Red Sox, 5-4

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- Once again, the Red Sox and San Diego Padres were tied after six innings.

Unlike the series opener Monday night, however, this time it was the Padres who figured out a way to come up with a late-inning win.

San Diego scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded fielder's choice while the Red Sox continued a game-long pattern of wasting scoring opportunities and were left with a 5-4 defeat.

The Sox stranded 11 baserunners, including seven in scoring position in losing for only the third time in the last 16 games.

Alfredo Aceves, taking over for the sick Josh Beckett, allowed five straight walks in the second, leading to two Padres runs.

Two more scored in the third on a run-scoring single from Cameron Maybin and an RBI-double from Nick Hundley.

The Sox chipped away against starter Mat Latos with three runs in the first four innings. Kevin Youkilis doubled home a run in the first while Jacoby Ellsbury singled home Josh Reddick in the third before Reddick doubled home a run in the fourth.

But the Sox managed just one run over the final five innings.

STAR OF THE GAME: The San Diego bullpen
Three pitchers -- Chad Qualls, Mike Adams and closer Heath Bell -- combined to provide 3 13 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mat Latos.

Bell nailed down his 19th save in 20 opportunities this season and has converted 12 in a row over the last six weeks.

HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Hundley
Hundley was 2-for-3 with a single, double, walk and an RBI, but one of his biggest contributions came in the sixth when he gunned down Jacoby Ellsbury attempting to steal second, which would have given the Sox two runners in scoring position with the 2-3-4 hitters due up.

GOAT OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz was 0-for-5 and ended two of the first three Boston innings. He stranded three runners in his first two at-bats, forced a runner at second in the fifth, grounded out to lead off the seventh and hit into a double play in the ninth after Kevin Youkilis put the
potential tying run on base with a leadoff single.

TURNING POINT: After a one-out walk by J.D. Drew and a single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Red Sox had the potential tying run at second and go-ahead run at first in the seventh but couldn't produced a hit and stranded both baserunners.

BY THE NUMBERS: Despite having the best record in the American League, the Red Sox are just 9-8 in one-run games this season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "He lost his command. Normally, (after) a hitter or two, you reel it back in, but he just didn't find it for a while...He just lost the plate. And it hurt.''
-- Terry Francona on Alfredo Aceves walking five straight hitters in the second inning.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”