By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON --Monday night marked the fifth-annual Beckett Bowl at LuckyStrikes Lanes in Boston, which raises money for Childrens Hospital Boston, thenations top pediatric hospital.
The star-studded event came on the second of back-to-backdays off for the Red Sox, thanks to Hurricane Irene and the teams regularlyscheduled off-day on Monday.
Everybodys focus on Monday night was strictly turned towardsraising money for children in need.
But with the New York Yankees in town, some baseballquestions were asked, particularly about the Red Sox extended time off beforethe three-game set.
Its huge, said Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester. Our travelschedules been brutal the past couple of weeks. Weve played 17 out of thelast 19 on the road. So its nice to be home. Its nice to have a day off.Yesterday, we didnt really get to do a whole lot. We were stuck inside for themost part. But its a good mental break for us, and hopefully it will help usthis week.
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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.
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.