Warnings, but no fireworks, as Red Sox shut out Orioles

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A night after brawling, the Red Sox and Orioles played a quiet one Saturday, even after a HBP and warnings getting issued.

The HBP came with two down in the seventh and Boston up 3-0.  John Lackey drilled Derrek Lee in the leg with what seemed to be a purpose pitch.  Lee, though, is about as much of a professional as there is in the game, and he simply took his base.

While warnings were issued, the rest of the game was incident free, and the Red Sox beat the Orioles for the third straight night, this time by a 4-0 score.

Lackey was pulled one batter after the HBP.  He got Mark Reynolds to whiff on a curve, but the ball eluded catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Reynolds reached first on the wild pitch.

Daniel Bard came in from there and retired Nolan Reimold to end the inning.  The Red Sox added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh and cruised from there.

The Red Sox will go for the sweep Sunday having outscored the Orioles 24-7 the last three days.

For Lackey, it was easily his best performance since April.  Five days after getting shelled for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays, he allowed just three hits and struck out seven.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis had three hits apiece for Boston.  Youkilis and Josh Reddick had two RBI each to account for all of the runs.

Padres sign Aaron Loup to a one-year deal

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Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.

Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.