Quote of the day: 'Our infield sucks'

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“Our infield
sucks. It’s the worst in the game. I’m not lying about that. That is
true. It took a bad hop and I just tried to put my body in front of it
to get an out…”




“…That stuff
upsets me. My job is to take 1,000 ground balls a day, and other guys’
job is to get the field perfect so we can play baseball. It happens.
That’s the way it goes.”




– Dustin Pedroia thinks he had a real chance for an inning-ending double-play
on a Kendry Morales groundball in the top of the eighth inning. The
ball took a wicked hop, forcing Pedroia to dive. By the time he reached
his feet, his only play was first base. Juan Rivera followed with a
two-out, two-run single off Jonathan
Papelbon. The two runs proved critical as the Angels went on to score
three in the top of the ninth, taking the lead and ending the Red Sox
season.

Report: Blue Jays and Marco Estrada nearing agreement on contract extension

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.

Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.

J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.

Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. robs Chris Davis of a home run

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.

This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.