Sox bats don't make trip to Texas, fall 4-0


Sox bats don't make trip to Texas, fall 4-0

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Erik Bedard turned in his best start since joining the Red Sox, done in by one bad pitch.

Then again, considering how well C.J. Wilson was pitching, it probably didn't matter.

Bedard yielded a three-run homer to Mike Napoli on a 1-and-2 pitch in the sixth inning, providing most of the damage in Texas's 4-0 shutout of the Red Sox.

Wilson, meanwhile, limited the Sox to just four hits in 6 23 innings, improving to 13-5 overall this season and 4-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox.

All four of the Red Sox hits were singles. They had just three baserunners in scoring position all night.

The Rangers improved to 4-0 against the Sox this season and have won 10 of the last 12 and 17 of the last 23 meetings.

The Rangers nicked Bedard, 4-9, with a solo run in the third, with some help from first base umpire Doug Eddings. With one on and one out, Ian Kinsler lofted a ball to right which replays showed Josh Reddick caught. Eddings, however, ruled that Reddick trapped the ball.

Elvis Andrus followed one batter later with a run-scoring single to left.

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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.