Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends hitting streak to 22 games

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. stayed hot on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 22 games with an RBI double to put his team ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning against the Royals.

Entering Tuesday’s action, Bradley was hitting .402/.443/.768 with six doubles, three triples, six home runs, 26 RBI, and 14 runs scored in his previous 21 games. Bradley’s bat was one big reason why the Red Sox scored 10-plus runs in four consecutive games between May 9-12 and scored 10 more on Sunday against the Astros.

The Red Sox came into Tuesday’s game leading the American League, averaging 6.03 runs per game. They’re first in batting average (.298), on-base percentage (.359), and slugging percentage (.489) as well.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 29-year-old left-hander, went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.