Today's starting lineups

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Today's starting lineups

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Here are the lineups for this afternoon's game between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park, with Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 4.33 ERA) going up against right-hander Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.84):

Red Sox

CF Ellsbury
2B Pedroia
1B Gonzalez
3B Youkilis
DH Ortiz
RF Drew
SS Lowrie
LF Crawford
C Varitek

Twins

CF Span
SS Plouffe
1B Morneau
DH Kubel
RF Cuddyer
3B Valencia
LF Revere
C Butera
2B Casilla

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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.