Rays poised to build on last year’s surprising success

Sports 03/20/19, 11:56

Heightened expectations don't scare the Tampa Bay Rays.Winning 90 games a year ago not only established them as a team on the rise, but one that's undaunted by the challenge of closing the gap between themselves and the big-spending Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.The Rays won more games ...

Defending World Series champion Red Sox on repeat for 2018

Baseball 03/20/19, 10:43

Somehow, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looked at Mookie Betts' MVP season and saw room for improvement.Not the .346 batting average that was the highest in the major leagues. Not the career-high 32 homers, either.But Betts drove in just 80 runs last year while spending almost all of his ...

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $800K in Schilling video game deal

Business 03/19/19, 10:58

Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit over Rhode Island's failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company. Wells Fargo and the SEC announced the proposed settlement in filings Monday with ...

Red Sox pitcher Wright suspended 80 games for HGH

Sports 03/06/19, 17:11

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will sit out the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for Human Growth Hormone, a second suspension for the knuckleballer who missed 15 games last year for violating baseball's domestic violence policy.Wright, 34, said in a statement issued through the Major ...

Buchholz joins Blue Jays after another uncertain offseason

Baseball 03/06/19, 16:48

Clay Buchholz had reason to wonder if his major league career was coming to an end. For a second straight offseason, he entered spring training without a job."It was almost like last year," Buchholz said Wednesday. "Where you didn't know if that was it, and you weren't going to play ...

Pineda makes 1st start for Twins after Tommy John surgery

Sports 03/01/19, 17:48

Michael Pineda made his first start for the Minnesota Twins as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, allowing one hit in two innings during a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday.The 30-year-old right-hander struck out one and walked none, reaching 95 mph and throwing 18 strikes ...

Hanley Ramirez, Indians finalize minor league deal

Baseball 02/26/19, 11:10

Free agent Hanley Ramirez has signed a minor league contract with the Indians, who hope he can give them some power.The 35-year-opassed his physical and reported to training camp on Tuesday. He arrived carrying a Boston Red Sox equipment bag after spending the past four seasons with them.Ramirez, who has ...

Cora hoping to repeat in sophomore season in Red Sox dugout

Baseball 02/24/19, 17:10

Alex Cora guided the Boston Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 wins and a World Series victory last season, and then he reported to his second spring training as a major league manager as if nothing had changed.Still just 43, Cora has a chance to be the first Red Sox ...

Spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona

Sports 02/22/19, 18:19

The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.Baseball is back.A day after the scheduled exhibition opener was rained out, baseball returned to the ballparks of Florida and Arizona on Friday with the first spring training games.Seattle ...

What’s the catch? Red Sox players decide on new or old glove

Baseball 02/16/19, 17:02

It's early in spring training, time to get the new mitt ready.Or is it?For the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, some like the feel of new leather, some like it old. Some are superstitious and don't like change and others don't worry about that even after a great season."A ...

sources: Mets-Nats or Cubs-Cards for London in 2020

Sports 02/08/19, 14:21

Major League Baseball is considering one of two matchups for its 2020 series in London: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.Two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press of the potential matchups. They spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no ...

AL East teams at the start of spring training

Baseball 02/08/19, 09:44

A team-by-team look at the American League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:___Boston Red SoxManager: Alex Cora (second season).2018: 108-54, first place, World Series champions.Training Town: Fort Myers, Florida.Park: JetBlue ...

Red Sox looking to close the deal on a World Series repeat

Sports 02/07/19, 16:42

The goal is the same for the Boston Red Sox in 2019: finish the season flopping around on the pitcher's mound, celebrating another World Series title.All that's left is for them to figure out who's at the bottom of the pile.The defending champions head to spring training without a closer ...

Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson retiring

Sports 02/04/19, 14:35

Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson plans to retire after the annual induction ceremony in July.The Hall made the announcement Monday. The 54-year-old Idelson succeeded Dale Petroskey as Hall president in 2008. Idelson joined the staff in 1994 as director of public relations and promotions and was promoted to ...

Red Sox equipment truck departs for Florida

Football 02/04/19, 14:23

On the same day the New England Patriots returned home from their sixth Super Bowl victory, the Boston Red Sox equipment truck departed for Florida for spring training.The truck left Fenway Park at about noon Monday for the 1,480-mile trip to the club's spring training home on Fort Myers.Al Hartz, ...

Reliever Mejia agrees to minor league contract with Red Sox

Sports 01/29/19, 17:02

Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.If added to the 40-man roster, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander would receive a one-year contract at a rate of $625,000 while ...

AL MVP Betts agrees to $20 million, 1-year deal with Red Sox

Baseball 01/12/19, 00:49

Mookie Betts keeps putting up big numbers.The AL MVP and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract Friday, a raise of $9.5 million that was for a few hours the highest for an arbitration-eligible player.Betts was later surpassed by New York Mets pitcher ...

Betts, deGrom, Davis get big-money deals, avoid arbitration

Sports 01/12/19, 00:07

AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.Betts and ...

APNewsBreak: Champion Red Sox owe nearly $12M in luxury tax

Sports 12/15/18, 12:20

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox owe $11.95 million in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll.That's according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2.39 million.Because Boston was more than ...

source: Joe Kelly, Dodgers agree to $25M, 3-year contract

Sports 12/13/18, 20:32

Reliever Joe Kelly agreed Thursday to a $25 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.A 30-year-old right-hander who was born in Anaheim, California, Kelly was ...

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