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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 …

Joe Kelly, Xander Bogaerts pace Red Sox past Cardinals

Thursday, August 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Xander Bogaerts drove in both runs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, as the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Wednesday night. The matchup of Shelby Miller and …

Red Sox optimistic Allen Craig will be back this year

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

ST. LOUIS — The Boston Red Sox are optimistic Allen Craig, who was hurt in his first game with the team, will be back this season. General manager Ben Cherington said Wednesday it’s likely Craig, on the 15-day disabled list with a left foot sprain, will visit with …

Brett Gardner, Stephen Drew help Yankees beat Red Sox 8-7

Monday, August 4, 2014

BOSTON — Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning for one of his three hits, helping the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 on Sunday night. Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew …

Derek Jeter leads Yankees over Red Sox, 6-4

Saturday, August 2, 2014

BOSTON — With four-fifths of Boston’s starting rotation from the beginning of the season traded away, the Red Sox intend to use the final two months of the season to take long looks at their youngsters. The downside …

Rookie gets win as Boston beats Yankees 4-3

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOSTON — The game ball that Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will treasure from his major league debut wasn’t the one from the final out in Boston’s 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Instead, his teammates made …

Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig arrive at Fenway Park after trade flurry

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOSTON — If Yoenis Cespedes didn’t know much about the Boston Red Sox while growing up in Cuba, he found the perfect person to teach him all about the history of the franchise and its ballpark. The ex-Oakland …

Fenway fire sale: Defending champion Red Sox trade 5 players

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BOSTON — The last-place Boston Red Sox traded pitching for power. Now they can use some name tags to stick on the jerseys of the newcomers. Nine months after winning the World Series, the Red Sox unloaded five …

Cubs acquire struggling LHP Doubront from Red Sox

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CHICAGO — Theo Epstein was the first person to take a chance on Felix Doubront. Now he is going to give the struggling left-hander another opportunity. The Chicago Cubs acquired Doubront from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday …

Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz. A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had …

Cabrera, Dickey lead Blue Jays over Red Sox 14-1

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are looking like a team that’ll be playing out the string a little early this season. The defending World Series champions, last in the AL East, lost for the sixth time in …