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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 …

Mariners get 5 runs with 2 outs in 9th, beat Bosox

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BOSTON — Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Boston Red Sox to their sixth straight loss, 5-3 on Friday night. Red Sox closer …

Boston’s Farrell: Castillo is “exciting, athletic”

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo “an exciting, athletic player.” The Cuban defector is expected to show off those talents for Boston soon, perhaps within the next week. Farrell spoke Friday amid multiple media reports that the Red Sox had agreed with …

Angels complete sweep with 2-0 win at Boston

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — Hours after a devastating blow to the Los Angeles rotation, the Angels were reassured and relieved by rookie starter Matt Shoemaker. Shoemaker threw 6 2-3 inning of no-hit ball and the Angels held on for a …

lannetta’s double in 9th lifts Angels over Bosox

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BOSTON — Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels over Boston 4-3 on Tuesday night. Brennan Boesch … 2

Xander Bogaerts’ gaffe hurts Sox in 8-1 loss to Astros

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BOSTON — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts could only hope that no one noticed. Jose Altuve hit his first grand slam after Bogaerts made a mental gaffe on a play that would have ended an inning Sunday, carrying …

Astros rally for 5-3 win over Red Sox in 10

Saturday, August 16, 2014

BOSTON — Jake Marisnick hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning Friday night and Houston rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox, giving the Astros their first win in nine games …

Rob Manfred elected next MLB commissioner

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BALTIMORE — Rob Manfred was elected baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday, winning a three-man race to succeed Bud Selig and given a mandate by the tradition-bound sport to recapture young fans and speed play in an era that has …

Clemens: No regrets, no control over Cooperstown

Thursday, August 14, 2014

BOSTON — Roger Clemens took advantage of his induction into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame to throw batting practice to two of his sons on the field at Fenway Park. Then, it was off to Chicago …

Home run by Mike Napoli, catches by Jackie Bradley help Red Sox defeat Angels

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Center fielder Jackie Bradley had as much to do with saving a victory for the Boston Red Sox on Friday night as closer Koji Uehara did. Bradley, fighting an 0 for 27 slump, was put …

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals shut down Red Sox, 5-2

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright recovered from a shaky start to earn his 14th win, tying for the major league lead, and rookie Kolten Wong homered twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over …