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Healthy Will Middlebrooks looks to revitalize career in San Diego

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

PEORIA, Ariz. — For the first time in more than a year, it doesn’t hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at third base in Boston to an injury- and strikeout-filled two years in which he clashed with the Red Sox before being traded. “It was tough,” Middlebrooks said Tuesday. “It was a process …

Red Sox, Boston College honor ALS-stricken Frates

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — They all wore No. 3, and every player on the Boston Red Sox and Boston College had the same name on their jersey, too. This exhibition game at JetBlue Park on Tuesday was all about Pete Frates. Frates had that number when he played center field at Boston College. Now 30, the man who helped inspire the Ice …

Buchholz, Porcello pitch Red Sox past Northeastern, Boston College

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz started with one perfect inning and Boston Red Sox pitchers dominated the rest of the day in sweeping a pair of college teams, beating Northeastern 2-1 and edging Boston College 1-0 Tuesday. Rick Porcello relieved Buchholz and retired six straight batters as the Red Sox staff …

History says $100 million pitchers must produce results fast

Friday, February 13, 2015

Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens next week. Their careers were redefined this offseason when they joined baseball’s elite echelon of …

Wade Miley agrees to $19.25 million, 3-year deal with Red Sox

Thursday, February 5, 2015

BOSTON — Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is pretty much done adding for this offseason. “I would expect the group we have for spring training is in place,” he said Thursday after the Red Sox announced a …

Stanford ace Cal Quantrill ready to build résumé as sophomore

Thursday, February 5, 2015

STANFORD, Calif. — The way Cal Quantrill tells it, his big league father forgot him in the clubhouse one day during spring training 10 years ago, and the boy had to ask Randy Johnson to go find dad. …

Red Sox All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …