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NY SPORTS DESK WORKING ON OBIT/SIKES FILE - In this Jan. 31, 1964 file photo, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette poses for a photo at the annual Boston Baseball Writers of America awards dinner in Boston. The Red Sox announced that Monbouquette died Sunday Jan. 25, 2015 in Boston from complications from leukemia. The 20-game winner, and four-time All-Star who threw a no-hitter and who spent more than 50 years in professional baseball was 78. (AP Photo, File)

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 due to complications from leukemia, the Red Sox announced Monday. Monbouquette spent more than 50 years in professional baseball as a player, coach and scout. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000. Born and raised in nearby Medford, the right-hander was signed by Boston in 1955 and made his Red Sox debut three years later at age 21. He was selected to …

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 …

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 …

Red Sox spend on Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez to shake cellar

Monday, November 24, 2014

BOSTON — The Red Sox are hoping to spend their way out of the AL East cellar with two big free agent signings. The first team in major league history to go from worst to first and back …

Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. …

AP Source: Pablo Sandoval reaches deal with Red Sox

Monday, November 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of …

Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson highlight Hall of Fame ballot

Monday, November 24, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …