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FILE - This June 14, 2013, file photo shows Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato, center, bowing to the media after attending a news conference following a meeting with representatives of the 12 teams in Tokyo. Kato apologized for the confusion caused by introducing a new, livelier ball this season without notifying players. Scuffed balls, scratched balls, balls switched mid-game. Suspected ball-doctoring isn’t only an issue for the NFL, which is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game while beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

Not just NFL: Ball-tampering an issue for other sports, too

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PARIS — Scuffed balls, scratched balls, balls switched mid-game. Ball-doctoring isn’t only an issue for the NFL, which is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game while beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. A look at dirty tricks in other ball sports: CRICKET: Ball-tampering is so common in cricket that some of …

Pedro Martinez’s Hall plaque to have Red Sox cap

Thursday, January 22, 2015

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame plaque will feature a Boston Red Sox cap. Now he is waiting for a decision on his hairstyle. The Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that Martinez will have a Red Sox cap on his plaque, John Smoltz’s will have the Atlanta Braves and …

5 years later, Hall of Fame pitching trio considered ‘old goats’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz already consider themselves relics. Baseball transformed during the second half of their careers and has been revolutionized in the five years since their final pitches. Out: big boppers. In: strict pitch limits, a profusion of relief pitchers and sudden swell in defensive shifts. …

Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio elected to Hall of Fame

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday along with Craig Biggio, the first time …

Matt Vautour: Predicting what’s ahead in 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Crystal ball time. The 2015 sports year is still a clean slate that has that new year smell to it. In the next 365 days, someone we’ve never heard of will become a household name, while some established stars fade. There will be champions and chumps, memorable moments …

Rick Porcello recalls getting tossed at Fenway Park

Friday, December 19, 2014

BOSTON — Rick Porcello didn’t hesitate when asked to recall memories of pitching in Fenway Park. In his rookie season, he hit Boston’s Kevin Youkilis in the back with the first pitch of the second inning. “There it …

Padres obtain Will Middlebrooks from Red Sox

Friday, December 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO — In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night. Hanigan was acquired by San Diego from Tampa Bay earlier in the day in an 11-player, three-team deal that …

Dodgers end Yankees’ payroll streak, owe most tax

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball …

Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against …

Jon Lester hopes to end Cubs’ century-plus drought

Monday, December 15, 2014

CHICAGO — Jon Lester insisted there’s no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line. “I’m …

Red Sox bolster rotation with three quick moves

Friday, December 12, 2014

BOSTON — Just like that, the Boston Red Sox have a starting rotation again. One day after acquiring a pair of starters, the Red Sox picked up a third, rebuilding their starting rotation this offseason almost as quickly …

Max Scherzer could be seeking more than Clayton Kershaw

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract. Max …

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington wishes he had more talk with Jon Lester

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington says he wishes he had a little more conversation with Jon Lester last season. Only hours after getting a goodbye call from Lester around 10 p.m. Tuesday before it …