Sox drop game, series to Jays, 7-4


Sox drop game, series to Jays, 7-4

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

TORONTO -- Over the last few seasons, Ricky Romero has emerged as one of the American League's more impressive young lefty pitchers -- except when he was pitching against the Red Sox.

Before Thursday night, Romero had a career ERA of 8.08 in 11 starts against the Boston. But Romero figured something out in the final game of the four-game series between the Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, shutting out the Sox for the first six innings before tiring and allowing three runs in the seventh in a 7-4 Blue Jays' victory.

The loss left the Red Sox with their third consecutive series loss. Boston has dropped 7 of its last 10 games. The last time the Sox lost three series in a row was June 20-30 when they lost consecutive series to San Diego, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The Jays climbed on Andrew Miller for four runs in the second, with three coming on a homer to J.P. Arencibia.

A solo homer from Edwin Encarnacion in the third stretched Toronto's lead to 5-0.

The Sox clawed back some in the seventh after Romero reached 100 pitches and began to tire. Jacoby Ellsbury's second double of the night scored the first Boston run and Marco Scutaro followed with a two-run single, giving him nine RBI for the four-game series.

After the Jays had tacked on two pad runs against the Red Sox' bullpen, Jason Varitek closed out the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the ninth.

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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.