Red Sox finish road trip strong, beat O's, 4-0

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Red Sox finish road trip strong, beat O's, 4-0

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BALTIMORE -- Four Red Sox pitchers combined for the team's 10th shutout of the season, a 4-0 blanking of the Baltimore Orioles, that sent the Sox home with yet another winning road trip (4-2).

Andrew Miller went 5 23 innings despite six walks -- including three in a row in the second -- and got relief help from Matt Albers, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon.

Together, the four pitchers allowed just two hits.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice -- once in the third and again in the seventh -- for the second two-homer game of his career.

The Sox also got runs on a Jason Varitek infield groundout and a bases-loaded walk by Carl Crawford.

The winning road trip is the sixth in a row for the Sox, who improved to 31-20 away from home, the best road record in baseball. Since beginning 0-7 on the road this season, the Sox are 31-13 in their last 44 games.

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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.