Wakefield gets win No. 200 in Sox blowout, 18-6


Wakefield gets win No. 200 in Sox blowout, 18-6

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON It wasnt the easiest route needing nineattempts or the prettiest outing giving up five runs in six innings but TimWakefield got his 200th career win Tuesday night at Fenway Park, asthe Red Sox demolished the Blue Jays, 18-6.
Wakefield gave up a three-run home run to J.P. Arencibia in thesecond inning and a two-run shot by JoseBautista in the third, accounting for all the Jays runs off him. He struck out six, walked two, and hit abatter. After Brett Lawrie reached on aKevin Youkilis error in the third, Wakefield struck out Arencibia and AdamLoewen to end the inning. starting a stretch in which he retired 11 of thefinal 13 batters he faced.In addition to his 200th career win, Wakefieldimproved to 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA.Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia powered the offense,going a combined 8-for-10 with eight runs scored, eight RBI, a walk and three home runs. Pedroia went 4-for-4, with two homeruns and five RBI. It was his third career multi-homer game and first sinceJune 24, 2010 in Colorado (the day before he fractured his left foot, fouling aball off, essentially knocking him out for the season).

His five RBI alsomatched a career high, for the fourth time, the last also coming on June 24, 2010.His two home runs gave him 20 for the season, becoming the seventh Red Soxbatter to have 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season.Brandon Morrow took the loss for the Jays, giving up seven runs(five earned) in 5 13 innings, on seven hits, a walk, one wild pitch, two hitbatters, and a balk, with two strikeouts. His record fell to 9-11, with a 5.23ERA.

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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.