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Red Sox hire ex-Astros coach Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach

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Red Sox hire ex-Astros coach Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach

BOSTON -- The Red Sox plan to bring another staffer from the world champion Astros to coach alongside manager Alex Cora.

According to sources, the new Red Sox bullpen coach will be Craig Bjornson. Bjornson, who was hired by the Astros ahead of the 2014 season, started his coaching career in 1999 with the Vermont Expos. Bjornson pitched in the Astros system from 1991-93, making 81 appearances.

Bjornson, who was widely liked by players, was not going to return to the Astros for the 20l18 season. 

Bullpen coaches aren't usually in the spotlight. But during the World Series, Bjornson had a memorable moment when he immediately confronted a fan who jumped into the Astros' bullpen in Los Angeles.

Highlights of the Red Sox' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays

Highlights of the Red Sox' 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rays

FINAL SCORE:  Rays 5, Red Sox 4 (11)

IN BRIEF: Willy Adames' RBI single in the 11th inning gave the wild-card contending Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 victory over the visiting Red Sox, who blew their 28th save of the season. The defending champion Sox had officially been eliminated from playoff contention before the loss by a Cleveland Indians' victory earlier Friday. BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 80-73

HIGHLIGHTS

7th inning:
Holt doubles to left, Moreland hits a two-run homer off Morton on an 0-and-2 pitch (2-0, BOS).

(D. Hernandez replaces Porcello on the mound) d'Arnaud singled to center, moves to second when Aguilar, pinch-hitting for Kiermaier, walks, Heredia pinch-runs for Aguilar. Brosseau, pinch-hitting for A. García, walks to load the bases (Walden replaces D. Hernandez on the mound), Lowe, pinch-hitting for Duffy, grounds into a fielder's choice, scoring d'Arnaud (2-1, BOS).

Adames hits a ground-rule double to right, scoring Heredia (tied, 2-2).

(Taylor replaces Walden on the mound) Taylor throws a wild pitch, scoring Lowe (3-2, TB).

8th inning:
(Cashner replaces Taylor on the mound) Meadows walks, Choi doubles to right, scoring Meadows (4-2, TB).

9th inning:
(Pagán replaces Anderson on the mound) G. Hernández triples to right, Moreland hits a two-run homer to left off Pagán on 1-2 pitch (tied, 4-4).

11th inning:
(Kelley replaces Poyner on the mound) Brosseau walks, Davis pinch-runs for Brosseau, moves to second when Robertson walks, Adames singles to left, scoring Davis (5-4, TB). 

UP NEXT:
@Rays, Saturday, 6:10 p.m., NESN
@Rays, Sunday, 1:10 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Tuesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m., NESN
@Rangers, Thursday, 2:05 p.m., NESN

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Mookie Betts isn't committed to having a career in one place

Mookie Betts isn't committed to having a career in one place

As the Boston Red Sox season winds down, it's been known for some time that Mookie Betts' future in Boston is uncertain.

Following Thursday night's game against the San Francisco Giants, Betts' hinted he's not necessarily committed to spending his whole career in the same place. 

“It’s pretty cool that they have their career in one place, but you can be remembered in that same fashion even if you put on a couple different jerseys,” Betts said according to The Boston Globe's Alex Speier. “It definitely doesn’t hurt to only put on one jersey . . . [But the Yastrzemski celebration] doesn’t sway me [about the future] one way or the other.”

Betts will become a free agent following the 2020 Major League Baseball season, but could be traded before then if the Red Sox decide to part ways with the right fielder for future considerations. Overall, though, Betts hasn't been paying much attention to the contract speculation. He's focused on not giving up on the 2019 Red Sox and continuing to compete. 

“I’m not going to quit. I’m just not going to quit on myself or the team no matter where we are in the standings,” Betts said. “If I can get out there and play, whether it’s for something or not, I’m still going to go out and play.”

The Red Sox hold an 80-72 record with 10 games remaining in the regular season. At this point, Boston is all but out of the American League Wild Card race, as they remain 9.5 games back of the final spot. 

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