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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2009, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Kevin Youkilis, below, wrestles with Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello after being hit by a pitch  in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Summer temperatures are up, and so are tempers. There seems to be a heightened pitch around the majors after a recent rash of high-and-tight fastballs.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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 is,” said Porcello, smiling about the question. “Getting thrown out in the second inning my rookie year. Getting charged by Kevin Youkilis. …

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 also brought outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year, to the Padres. …

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 on Friday and obtained by The Associated Press. That is more than $20 million above …

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 …

Jon Lester, Cubs agree to $155 million, six-year contract

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, the first big deal of the offseason involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end more than …

Torre to look at how replay challenges are made

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SAN DIEGO — After watching a full season of expanded-replay review, Joe Torre is unhappy with what he saw — that is, before managers challenged plays. Major League Baseball’s chief baseball officer thinks one way to cut down …

Waiting for Lester at winter meetings

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SAN DIEGO — As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseball’s winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star and the Chicago White Sox …

Waiting for Jon Lester at winter meetings

Monday, December 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO — As players and teams waited for Jon Lester to make a decision and start defining the high-end pitching market, baseball’s winter meetings opened Monday with Oakland jettisoning yet another All-Star. In the first swap of …

Longtime Red Sox spokesman Dick Bresciani dead at 76

Monday, December 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Boston Red Sox head of public relations Dick Bresciani has died at age 76. The Red Sox say he died Saturday of complications from leukemia Known as “Bresh,” Bresciani spent 42 years with the ballclub and was a member of the Red Sox, UMass …