Papelbon: Only the strong will survive


Papelbon: Only the strong will survive

The Red Sox displayed a range of emotional reactions to Tuesday night's win over the Orioles. There was nervousness with a tinge of relief from David Ortiz, who explained that, if he's still a member of the Red Sox in the future, he hopes they don't have to go through this again.

"I hope, if I'm still here next year, we make it easier," he said with a smile. "It wears you out. You know what I'm saying? We're playing like it's the playoffs already. It's fun, but at the same time, you're against the ropes."

Jarrod Saltalamacchia expressed optimism, especially with Jon Lester taking the ball Wednesday night to start in game No. 162.

"Expect Lester to go out there and do what he does," Saltalamacchia said. "He's pitched well against these guys. We're gonna go out there and pitch his game."

Jonathan Papelbon was so fired up after the game, it was as if he never stepped off the field.

"In this game, man, if you ain't hustling, you getting hustled," he said. "If you ain't grinding, you ain't shining. Only the strong will survive. The weak will fall by the wayside. OK? End of story."

With that, he walked off, with game No. 161 behind him and the final page of the Red Sox turbulent regular season yet to be written.

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.