The Red Sox racked up 17 runs while scoring in each of the first seven innings against the Rangers at Fenway on Tuesday and only to had to add one more against position player David Murphy in the eighth to become the 14th team in major league history to score in every inning of a game.
Yet they couldn’t quite do it.
After Daniel Nava’s leadoff double in the eighth, Mike Carp struck out, Pedro Ciriaco lined out to left and David Ortiz hit a towering flyout to right, allowing Murphy to escape the inning unscathed.
It was Murphy’s first pitching appearance since high school. The left-hander, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, was working in the high-70s in his inning. His lone strikeout led to Carp’s first career ejection, as Boston’s outfield disagreed with the called strike three.
Jackie Bradley Jr., Stephen Drew, Carp and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all homered for the Red Sox tonight. Bradley’s two-run shot was his first as a major leaguer. Drew finished with four hits. Nava scored four times.
Rangers starter Justin Grimm was torched for eight runs in 1 2/3 innings before being pulled. Joseph Ortiz later gave up six runs — three earned — in relief.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.