BoSox ink reliever Nelson

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The Red Sox on Monday inked 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
It’ll be the second stint in the organization for Nelson, who received a World Series ring after pitching in three games and allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings in 2004. The oft-injured reliever broke through at age 33 for the Marlins in 2008, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 60/22 K/BB ratio in 54 innings. However, Florida non-tendered him anyway and the Rays never took much of a liking to him after signing him. He had a 4.02 ERA in 40 1/3 innings before being dropped from the roster on Aug. 1.
Nelson stands little chance of winning a spot in the Boston bullpen, but he’ll qualify as nice insurance if he’s willing to open the year in Triple-A.

Odúbel Herrera has homered in four consecutive games

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Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.

Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.

On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.