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Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz follows through on a three-run home run against the Baltimore Orioles, as catcher Caleb Joseph watches, during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Baltimore.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Brock Holt’s 8th-inning HR lifts Red Sox past skidding Orioles 7-5

Friday, April 24, 2015

BALTIMORE — Batting in the eighth inning of a tie game, Brock Holt wasn’t trying to emulate teammate David Ortiz. It just turned out that way. Holt hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Darren O’Day, and the Boston Red Sox beat Baltimore 7-5 Friday night to extend the Orioles’ losing streak to five games. Ortiz also connected with two runners …

Yankees end Mets’ 11-game win streak

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW YORK — On a night that felt more like October than late April, Michael Pineda gave the Yankees an impressive performance in a matchup all of New York could get behind in the World Series. Pineda consistently threw deceptive strikes into the eighth inning, Mark Teixeira had a pair of two-run homers …

Manager Ned Yost insists Royals not to blame for string of fights

Friday, April 24, 2015

CHICAGO — Manager Ned Yost insists his Kansas City Royals are not at fault for a string of fights. He blames the other teams. “We haven’t started any of this,” Yost said. He said opponents are trying to get under his players’ skin and he has challenged them to stay composed. Yost spoke …

South Hadley native Richy Werenski wins ‘Big Break’ reality golf challenge

Monday, April 20, 2015

In the season finale of “Big Break The Palm Beaches, Florida,” Richy Werenski described his championship match as a “fistfight.” Down the stretch of the match-play event at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Werenski threw the golf version of a knockout punch. The 23-year-old South …

Lelisa Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon; Caroline Rotich takes women’s race

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013. He didn’t have much time to celebrate. A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street, two bombs near the finish line turned what should …

2 years after bombings, a festive Boston Marathon mood

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — The weather was cold and damp but the atmosphere festive at Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon, two years after pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line and shattered one of sports’ most cherished events. All …

Red Sox get 5 unearned runs in 7-1 win over Orioles

Monday, April 20, 2015

BOSTON — The way Justin Masterson was pitching, he didn’t need much help. The Orioles gave it to him, anyway. On a rainy, chilly Patriots’ Day holiday, Baltimore made three errors that led to five unearned runs, Wei-Yin …

Rob Gronkowski parties like rock star in offseason of frivolity

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Rob Gronkowski has perfected how to party like a rock star. He tried to jam like one this month at a video game event — his latest pit stop in an offseason stuffed with bashes, …

Barry Trotz counting on Alex Ovechkin to be ‘difference maker’ vs Isles

Monday, April 20, 2015

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Alex The Great can be better. That’s what Capitals coach Barry Trotz is counting on from Alex Ovechkin if Washington intends to bounce back in its first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders. “He’s …

Little 9: Cavaliers bench players boosting team’s ‘Big 3’

Monday, April 20, 2015

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — For all their talent and celebrity, the Cavaliers’ “Big 3” can’t win an NBA title by themselves. Not without help from Cleveland’s reserves — those other guys. Although they may not have the catchy nickname …

Former OSU star Jared Sullinger lives his playoff dream with Celtics

Monday, April 20, 2015

CLEVELAND — When the Boston Celtics sent out a news release on Feb. 22 that he had been lost for the regular season, Jared Sullinger believed it. The former All-American at Ohio State admitted he virtually gave up …

Data deluge: MLB rolls out Statcast analytics on Tuesday

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Which outfielder sprints the fastest and runs the longest to snag line drives into the gap? Which shortstop is best at throwing from the grass to nip the runner at first? Which catcher gets the …

Eli Manning comfortable playing last year of Giants contract

Monday, April 20, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning believes current work rules that force him to work out with his receivers away from the New York Giants’ training facilities are absurd. Speaking Monday as the team started voluntary offseason workouts, Manning said the collective bargaining agreement …