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Red Sox' bats explode in 14-5 win over Padres

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Red Sox' bats explode in 14-5 win over Padres

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- For 6 12 innings, a game between the team with best record in the American League and one with the third-worst record in the National League was surprisingly close.

Then reality set in.

The Red Sox, with great help from the San Diego Padres' bullpen, ripped off 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh to waltz to a 14-5 victory in interleague play.

In the seventh alone, San Diego pitchers walked four and hit two others as the Sox scored nine runs after two were out. The 10 runs came in an inning when the Sox had just five hits, two from Adrian Gonzalez, who knocked in three runs against his former team with a double and single.

The Sox had a 3-0 lead after five, thanks to a run-scoring single and RBI-double from David Ortiz plus a bases-loaded double play from Jacoby Ellsbury.

But the Padres knotted things in the sixth when Orlando Hudson, fresh off the disabled list, launched a three-run homer into the Monster Seats, spoiling an otherwise impressive Red Sox debut from Andrew Miller.

Miller pitched 5 23 innings, allowing three runs while walking three and striking out six.

Matt Albers, who stranded a runner in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh, picked up the win.

STAR OF THE GAME: Adrian Gonzalez
Just in case the Padres forgot how good their former first baseman was, he reminded them with three hits and three RBI.

Gonzalez had a first inning single, then came up twice in the 10-run seventh, delivering a run-scoring double and then a two-run single.

HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Miller
Miller missed out on getting the win when he gave up a three-run homer to Orlando Hudson, but there was plenty to like about his Red Sox debut.

He pitched 5 23 innings, struck out six and walked three. His fastball regularly registered in the mid-90s and he limited the damage well, particularly in the fourth when he allowed a leadoff triple to Jesus Guzman, but stranded him there.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Ernesto Frieri
The Padres' reliever Frieri faced five hitters in the seventh inning, retiring the first (Kevin Youkilis) on a flyout. He then walked two and hit two -- both with the bases loaded -- and was charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning.

TURNING POINT: When the visitor's bullpen door opener with one out in the seventh...and three walks, two hits batsman and four hits followed in the Red Sox' 10-run uprising.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox are averaging slightly more than 11 runs per game in their five interleague victories this season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Generally, I think it was very good...I certainly want to avoid (walks), but they didn't pile up. I was able to throw all three pitches for strikes, most of the time.'' Andrew Miller, evaluating his own command.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

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Report: Ex-Red Sox reliever Reed gets deal with Twins

He was dubbed "Closer B" by Red Sox manager John Farrell when acquired at the trade deadline last summer, now Addison Reed is "Closer B Gone"...to the Twins.

The right-handed reliever, 29, has agreed to a two-year, $16.75 million free-agent deal with Minnesota, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and TheAthletic.com reports. 

Reed began last season with the Mets and had 19 saves and a 2.57 ERA before being traded to the Red Sox, where he had a 3.33 ERA in 29 games (27 innings) without a save as a setup man for Craig Kimbrell.  
 

Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

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Red Sox, Mookie Betts far apart on salary and heading toward arbitration

The Red Sox and star right fielder Mookie Betts intend to go to an arbitration hearing in February, and there were signs this was coming even a year ago.

Betts was the only arbitration-eligible player on the Red Sox who did not settle on a contract with the team on Friday, when a deadline arrived for all teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange 2018 salary figures. Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Drew Pomeranz were the biggest names to avoid hearings.

Betts filed for a $10.5 million salary and the Red Sox filed at $7.5 million.  Betts and the Red Sox agreed previously that if no figure could be settled on by the Friday deadline, they would proceed to a hearing, assistant general manager Brian O'Halloran said. 

A three-person panel of arbitrators therefore is set to determine what Betts makes in 2018: either the $7.5 million figure the Sox filed or the $10.5 million figure Betts' camp submitted. The arbitrators won't settle on a midpoint for the parties. 

O'Halloran noted to the Globe there are no hard feelings involved.

Nonetheless, such a large gap would seem to provide incentive to settle. The parties technically could still decide to do so, but that would take a change of course from the present plan. The idea was to settle any time before Friday, and they did not. 

Betts is asking for near-record money for a first-year arbitration eligible player. Kris Bryant set the record Friday with a $10.85 million settlement.

The hearings can be difficult for player-team relations because teams have to make the case in front of the player that he is worth less money than he wants.

Betts, 25, hit .264, with 24 homers, 102 RBI, 25 stolen bases and a .803 OPS in 2017, numbers that fell from his American League MVP runner-up performance in 2016, but were nonetheless very strong and coupled with first-rate defense.

This offseason is Betts' first of arbitration eligibility. In the first three years of service time in a players' career, there's no recourse if you don't like the salary a team is offering. Teams can pay players anything at league minimum or above. 

The only option a player has in those first three years is to make a stand on principle: you can force the team to technically "renew" your salary, which notes to everyone that you did not agree to the salary. Betts and his agents did that in 2017 when the Sox paid him $950,000, a very high amount relative to most contract renewals.

Some of the standard thinking behind forcing a team to renew a contract is that if an arbitration case comes up down the road — and one now looms for Betts — it's supposed to show the arbitrators that the player felt even in seasons past, he was underpaid.

Still, the Sox may have effectively combatted that perception by paying Betts almost $1 million on a renewal. Per USA Today, that $950,000 agreement in 2017 was "the second-highest one-year deal ever for a non-arbitration-eligible player with two-plus years of big league service." Mike Trout got $1 million in 2014.