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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey (41) acknowledges the crowd after being taken out during the eighth inning of Game 1 in baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

John Lackey dominates, Cardinals beat Jon Lester, Cubs 4-0 in NLDS opener

Friday, October 9, 2015

ST. LOUIS — John Lackey lived up to his reputation as a pitcher who craves the ball in October, helping the St. Louis Cardinals cool off the upstart Chicago Cubs. Lackey outpitched old teammate Jon Lester, allowing two hits into the eighth inning, and rookies Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each homered late for the Cardinals in a 4-0 victory …

Lester vs Lackey matches former Red Sox teammates

Thursday, October 8, 2015

ST. LOUIS — John Lackey has been quite the bargain for the St. Louis Cardinals. Pitching for the major league minimum $507,500 salary due to a clause in contract, Lackey went 13-10 for a team that lost its ace early. And when old rivals face each other in a postseason series for the …

Red Sox more optimistic despite another last-place finish

Monday, October 5, 2015

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox tried to buy their way out of the AL East cellar last offseason with splashy free agents, guaranteeing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval a total of $183 million. All that got them was another last-place finish. So the 2013 World Series champions are rebuilding again, this time …

Red Sox 2B Pedroia back after missing 7 weeks

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup for Tuesday’s game against AL East-leading Toronto after missing seven weeks with a strained right hamstring. The 32-year-old Pedroia was activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game after missing 57 games. …

Jackie Bradley’s 4 hits carry Red Sox past Blue Jays 11-4

Monday, September 7, 2015

BOSTON — David Ortiz smacked an RBI double high off the Green Monster to cap a two-run third inning, teasing a Fenway Park crowd that wanted to see the slugger move one shot closer to No. 500. Though …

ESPN pulls Curt Schilling for next month after anti-Muslim tweet

Thursday, September 3, 2015

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN says commentator Curt Schilling won’t appear on the air for the next month in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet. ESPN said Thursday that Schilling won’t be on telecasts for the rest of …

Red Sox rookie Henry Owens clobbered by Yankees in 13-8 loss

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox starters were due for a bad outing. And rookie lefty Henry Owens had a real bad one. Owens was tagged for seven runs in just 12/3 innings in the New York Yankees’ …

Proposal to ban chewing tobacco at Boston ballparks approved

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly …

Gardner homers for Yankees in 3-1 win at Boston

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BOSTON — Rick Porcello wasn’t celebrating after striking out 13 in his strongest start of the season. The New York Yankees capitalized on the few mistakes Porcello did make and rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 …

Ortiz hits career No. 495; Red Sox beat Yankees 4-3

Monday, August 31, 2015

BOSTON — David Ortiz hit his 495th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the New York …

NYC’s first fan: A ballgame with Mayor Bill de Blasio

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter on his favorite team smoked a home run and diligently scanned …

Stadium opponents rally at waterfront land eyed by PawSox

Monday, August 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — This land is your land. This land is my land. But it was not PawSox land on Monday when opponents of a proposed baseball stadium in downtown Providence came together to protest at the land …

David Ortiz passes Lou Gehrig on HR chart, Red Sox lose 5-4 to Mets

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW YORK — David Ortiz got a good, close-up look at the New York Mets’ young rotation this weekend and was impressed. The Boston slugger left his own impression, too. Ortiz lined his 494th home run and moved …