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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches a 9-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns during an NFL football game in Cleveland. Graham leads all tight ends with 59 receptions. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Manfred given 5-year term as baseball commissioner

Friday, November 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Selig spoke at the conclusion of two days of meetings in Kansas City, where owners discussed a variety of issues that included pace of play, …

Detroit Tigers GM says signing Victor Martinez is top priority

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PHOENIX — Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers’ top priority is re-signing Victor Martinez now that the slugger is a free agent after declining the team’s qualifying offer. “We like Victor. We hope he remains with us,” Dombrowski said Tuesday at baseball’s general managers meetings. “We’ll see what happens.” He was less optimistic about retaining right-hander Max Scherzer, who also declined …

Red Sox sign closer Koji Uehara for 2 years

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston’s third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay …

Red Sox hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach. Davis held that job with the Oakland Athletics the past three seasons and with Boston’s top minor-league team at Triple-A Pawtucket in 2011. In a 19-year playing career as an outfielder and designated …

Oldest former Red Sox player Lou Lucier dies at 96

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Lou Lucier, who was the oldest surviving former Boston Red Sox player, has died at the age of 96. The team says Lucier had a stroke earlier this month and died on Saturday. A right-handed pitcher, Lucier played parts of three major league seasons during World …

Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn will not return

Friday, October 3, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are looking for a new hitting coach. Greg Colbrunn, who was the team’s hitting coach for the past two seasons, says he will not return for 2015. The 13-year major leaguer oversaw an offense that led baseball in runs, slugging and …

MLB batting average lowest since 1972 — before DH

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — The final numbers are in, and Major League Baseball’s batting average hasn’t been this low since Richard Nixon was in the White House, a gallon of gasoline cost 55 cents and the designated hitter was …

Trout, Strasburg giving playoffs a fresh look

Monday, September 29, 2014

So, is this the year of Buck Showalter, Bryce Harper and a Beltway Series? Or perhaps Albert Pujols, Yasiel Puig and a Freeway Series? Maybe a Bay Area matchup or something from the Show Me State. Plenty of …

Amherst native Michelle Brooks Thompson ‘honored’ to be part of Derek Jeter’s final farewell

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — Michelle Brooks Thompson has sang at Fenway Park before, but nothing could prepare her for Sunday afternoon. Brooks Thompson, the western Massachusetts native who starred on the “The Voice” TV show, had a memorable part during …

Derek Jeter leaves with hit and 9-5 win over Red Sox

Sunday, September 28, 2014

BOSTON — One year after celebrating a World Series championship on the Fenway field, the Boston Red Sox were merely extras in the Derek Jeter farewell tour. With the last-place Red Sox long-since eliminated — and the Yankees …

Jeter sits, Yankees youngsters top Red Sox 3-2

Friday, September 26, 2014

BOSTON — The Fenway Park crowd didn’t really seem to care that the Red Sox lost to the rival New York Yankees. The boos really came down in the ninth inning when each Yankee on-deck hitter stepped out …

Allen Webster helps Red Sox beat Rays 11-1

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Rusney Castillo and Christian Vazquez each hit his first major league homer, and Allen Webster pitched seven solid innings to carry the Boston Red Sox to an 11-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday …

Red Sox top sloppy Rays 11-3

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BOSTON — Anthony Ranaudo and a lineup loaded with rookies gave the Boston Red Sox reason to be optimistic for next season. Starting seven rookies for the first time since 1971, when Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk was …