Sox resume losing ways, fall to Yankees, 9-4


Sox resume losing ways, fall to Yankees, 9-4

By Art Martone

BOSTON -- The Red Sox' Era of Good Feeling lasted a little less than 24 hours.

Instead of being able to build on their Opening Day win over the Yankees, the Sox on Saturday got yet another horrific performance from their starting pitcher -- Clay Buchholz was the culprit this time -- along with less-than-airtight relief from Felix Doubront and Alfredo Aceves. In addition, they returned to their wasteful ways at the plate (1-for-15 with runners in scoring position).

The result? A 9-4 loss that dropped their record for the season to 1-7.

As bad as the hitting numbers may seem, it was Buchholz who dug the hole. He allowed 11 baserunners (eight hits, three walks) in 3 23 innings, and left the game trailing 5-2.

A two-run double by Dustin Pedroia (one of his three doubles in the game) in the bottom of the fourth cut the Yankee lead to 5-4, but neither Doubront nor Aceves could keep it there. Doubront -- making his first appearance of the season -- gave up a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson in the fifth, and Aceves surrendered solo shots to Robinson Cano in the sixth and Russell Martin in the seventh.

Martin hit two homers for the Yanks, and Cano and Eric Chavez each had three hits.

The horse had long since left the barn, but Tim Wakefield worked two perfect innings at the end, and -- considering Boston's pitching woes so far -- raised questions as to whether or not his role will be enhanced going forward.

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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.