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FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz speaks during a news conference in Sarasota, Fla. Ortiz says he "never knowingly took any steroids" and he's definitely a Hall of Famer.  The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter come in a column Thursday, March 26, 2015, for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Friday, March 27, 2015

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: “I never knowingly took any steroids.” And this, too: “I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.” The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform. Ortiz also voiced …

Julio Teheran labors into the sixth, Braves beat Buchholz, Boston

Friday, March 27, 2015

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran labored through 52/3 innings, allowing only two runs, and the Atlanta Braves roughed up Clay Buchholz for 12 hits and four runs in a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday in a game called in the top of the seventh inning because of rain. …

Red Sox look for a repeat of 2013

Thursday, March 26, 2015

BOSTON — A revamped lineup and change in attitude has the Boston Red Sox looking to repeat a feat they performed just two seasons ago when they went from worst to World Series champions. Like the hip-hop song they blasted in their locker room after the 2013 division and World Series titles were …

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 …

Padres obtain Will Middlebrooks from Red Sox

Friday, December 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO — In yet another move for the retooling Padres, San Diego obtained third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for catcher Ryan Hanigan on Friday night. Hanigan was acquired by San Diego from Tampa Bay earlier in the day in an 11-player, three-team deal that …

Dodgers end Yankees’ payroll streak, owe most tax

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax. The Dodgers finished with a record payroll of $257,283,410, according to final calculations made by Major League Baseball …

Woman sues over elevator shaft fall at Fenway Park

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old woman who fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Fenway Park and was seriously injured is suing the owner of the Boston Red Sox and an elevator company. Elisabeth Scotland of Brigantine, New Jersey, sued Wednesday in Superior Court in Boston against …

Jon Lester hopes to end Cubs’ century-plus drought

Monday, December 15, 2014

CHICAGO — Jon Lester insisted there’s no reason the Chicago Cubs can’t contend next year and even capture their first World Series title since 1908, around the time the Model T was rolling off the assembly line. “I’m …