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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels stands on the mound after Atlanta Braves' Emilio Bonifacio hit a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

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 a radical proposal limited to spring training experiments. Big league hitters batted .251 this year, down two points from last season and …

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 World Series possibilities this year. And a lot to enjoy way before we get there, …

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 the on-field celebration for Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter, who was playing in the last game …

Charlie Morton pitches surging Pirates over Red Sox 4-0

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton had no expectations when he took the mound in a major league game for the first time in a month. However, the Pittsburgh right-hander exceeded his manager’s expectations as he came off the disabled …

Revamped Royals beat Red Sox 7-1

Saturday, September 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night. Manager …

Royals fall out of 1st with 4-2 loss to Red Sox

Friday, September 12, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Allen Webster pitched six solid innings and Jemile Weeks stroked a pair of doubles and scored two runs as the Boston Red Sox defeated the sputtering Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Friday night. …

Red Sox pull away from Rorals, 6-3

Thursday, September 11, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last-place Boston Red Sox took advantage of three critical errors by the first-place Kansas City Royals, pulling away late in a 6-3 victory Thursday night that ended a four-game losing streak. Clay Buchholz (8-8) allowed three runs, two earned, over 61/3 innings for …

Wei-Yin Chen perfect into 6th as Orioles sweep Red Sox

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BOSTON — The postseason hopes for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox have all but faded away. Now, Dustin Pedroia’s season is over, too. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the star second baseman will have season-ending …

Alejandro De Aza powers Orioles to 4-1 win over Red Sox

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BOSTON — Alejandro De Aza hit two homers, Adam Jones added another and the Baltimore Orioles won for the 10th time in 13 games with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Chris Tillman …

Orioles beat sloppy Red Sox 4-0

Monday, September 8, 2014

BOSTON — Baltimore manager Buck Showalter was a 21-year-old minor leaguer in the Yankees’ system in 1979, with a locker made of “two nails and a piece of tape.” None of the players in his current clubhouse was …

Clay Buchholz shines again as Red Sox beat Jays, 4-3

Sunday, September 7, 2014

BOSTON — Clay Buchholz had his third straight solid start and the Boston Red Sox beat Toronto 4-3 Saturday night, damaging the Blue Jays’ fading playoff hopes. Buchholz (7-8) gave up two runs and four hits in 61/3 …

Yoenis Cespedes caps wild comeback for Red Sox

Friday, September 5, 2014

BOSTON — Yoenis Cespedes had four hits, including a game-winning single that capped a three-run 10th inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 on Friday night. Toronto, which lost outfielder Melky Cabrera to a season-ending pinkie injury, took an 8-6 lead …

Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley homer off closer Koji Uehara to lift Yankees over Red Sox 5-4

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley hit solo home runs off Koji Uehara in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees stunned the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night to bolster their slim playoff hopes. …