If the Phone Don't Ring ...

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The N.Y.T. Can't Get In Touch with J.D.

"J. D. Drew could not be reached for comment yesterday. He changed his telephone number or had a problem with his phone service, because the automated message said his number had been disconnected or was not in service.

"I hope Drew’s phone wasn’t disconnected because he couldn’t pay his bill. He is, after all, between contracts.” -- 1.9.07, Murray Chass, New York Times

NY Times: Drew Is a Red Sox in Waiting ... and Waiting

"Boras and Epstein have said in recent weeks that they have to clear up minor contract language. But it doesn’t take five weeks to clear up minor contract language.

"Pressed for an explanation Sunday, Boras said: 'We’re working out medical language that took some additional examination so that both sides would have information. There’s no disagreement here. Theo’s been on vacation. I’ve been working on other contracts. We agreed we would get it done.'

"Epstein said: 'It was a language issue. How serious a language issue? It’s just a language issue.' ” -- 1.9.07, Murray Chass, New York Times

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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