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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Red Sox exercise $15 million 2019 option on ace Chris Sale

The Red Sox have exercised their $15 million option for next season on ace left-hander Chris Sale. Sale will earn $15 million in the final season of a five-year contract …


Couch Slouch: Baseball games shouldn’t end at dawn’s early light

Couch Slouch: My occasional friend, Poker Hall of Famer Eric Drache, recently texted me a trivia question: What is the least number of pitches that a pitcher can throw and …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Red Sox beat Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 to win World Series title

Long downtrodden during decades of despair before ending an 86-year championship drought in 2004, the Boston Red Sox have become baseball’s team of the century with four titles in 15 …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Steve Pearce rallies Red Sox past Dodgers 9-6 for 3-1 Series lead

Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a three-run double in the ninth, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for a 9-6 …


Mariners closer Edwin Diaz named American League Reliever of the Year

After a brilliant season where he led all of baseball with 57 saves, most of them protecting the slimmest of leads, Mariners closer Edwin Diaz has earned the top relief …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 27, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

Wow! Dodgers top Boston in 18th inning, longest Series game

Max Muncy ended the longest game in World Series history with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 18th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston …


No decision on J.D. Martinez in Red Sox lineup; Mookie Betts not at 2B

The Boston Red Sox likely won’t know until Friday afternoon whether slugger J.D. Martinez will start Game 3 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium. Martinez is Boston’s main designated …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

In 2-0 hole, Dodgers turn to rookie Walker Buehler to rescue them

The Dodgers have seen the future and it’s ace-in-the-making Walker Buehler. Except they need him to deliver now.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 4:44 p.m.

Fenway Park gave Dodgers cold shoulder, World Series shifts to Los Angeles

Fenway Park gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the cold shoulder. No wonder they were California Dreamin’ about Thursday’s flight home.


Commentary: World Series taking baseball from National Pastime to National Past-Your-Bedtime

Baseball, you’re spewing out parental agita like balled-up pieces of clothing from a T-shirt gun with this thing you’ve been doing lately with the concept of “late” – by which …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Blue Jays hire Rays bench coach Charlie Montoyo as manager

The Toronto Blue Jays have hired Charlie Montoyo as their manager. He succeeds John Gibbons, who was let go after a 73-89 season. The team says Montoya has a three-year …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

Twins hire ex-Rays player, coach Rocco Baldelli as manager

The Minnesota Twins have hired Tampa Bay Rays assistant coach Rocco Baldelli as their new manager. The 37-year-old Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired after four seasons with a …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

David Price, J.D. Martinez power Boston to 2-0 World Series lead over Los Angeles

David Price pitched six innings of three-hit ball, and major league RBI leader J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie during another two-out rally Wednesday night that led the Boston Red …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

Puerto Rico proud: Cardinals star Yadier Molina wins Clemente Award

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has won the Roberto Clemente Award, a fitting honor for the star who grew up on Puerto Rico and idolized the island’s late Hall …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 at Fenway in World Series opener

Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Miami Marlins sign free-agent Cuban brothers

The futures of Victor Victor Mesa and his younger brother, Victor Mesa Jr., may be difficult to project, but the Miami Marlins eagerly signed both outfielders. They left Cuba last …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Dodgers-Red Sox: Rich histories, but little crossover

For all their rich history – dating back to Babe Ruth on the mound – the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have rarely crossed paths heading into this …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Dodgers beat Brewers in Game 7, face Red Sox in World Series

Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer, Chris Taylor made a key catch and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached the World Series for the second straight year, beating the Milwaukee Brewers …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Jesus Aguilar, Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2, send NLCS to Game 7

Jesus Aguilar and the Milwaukee Brewers forced the NL Championship Series to Game 7, bolting to a big lead and handing it to their dominant bullpen in a 7-2 win …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 19, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Alex Cora: Chris Sale to start World Series opener for Boston Red Sox, David Price likely for Game 2

Boston ace Chris Sale will start Tuesday’s World Series opener and David Price probably will follow in Game 2, Boston manager Alex Cora says. Sale and Price also started the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 9:18 p.m.

Red Sox finish off Astros in 5 games, head to World Series

David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Boston Red Sox back into another World Series with a 4-1 victory over the defending champion Houston Astros. Rafael Devers …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Andrew Benintendi’s diving catch preserves Boston’s win over Houston for 3-1 ALCS lead

Left fielder Andrew Benintendi made a diving catch with the bases loaded for the final out, and the Boston Red Sox held off the Houston Astros 8-6 on Wednesday night …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Honoring a yearly tradition, local ballplayers celebrate Babe Ruth homer

In October of 1924, probably the most famous baseball player of all time, Babe Ruth, came to Spokane on a barnstorming tour.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw dominant, Dodgers beat Brewers 5-2, lead NLCS 3-2

Clayton Kershaw bounced back from one of his worst postseason starts with one of his best, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Wednesday to move one …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

MLB says Astros doing surveillance, not spying in dugouts

Major League Baseball has determined that a Houston Astros employee was monitoring visiting dugouts this postseason to make sure other teams were not breaking rules. MLB issued a statement about …


NLCS tied: Cody Bellinger lifts Dodgers over Brewers 2-1 in 13

Cody Bellinger singled home the winning run in the 13th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and tying the NL Championship Series …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Jackie Bradley’s slam helps Red Sox beat Astros 8-2 in ALCS

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a grand slam, Nathan Eovaldi hushed Houston a day after some social media trash talk and the Boston Red Sox beat the Astros 8-2 to take …


Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to ‘Play Ball’ amid crisis

Winter league baseball is under way in Venezuela, and fans are having to make sacrifices to feed their passion for the “pelota,” or the ball, as the national pastime is …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 10:40 p.m.

Justin Verlander cools off Red Sox 7-2 in Game 1 of ALCS

Justin Verlander outlasted an uncharacteristically wild Chris Sale, overcoming control problems of his own to give Houston six innings of two-hit ball and lead the Astros over the Boston Red …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 7:42 p.m.

Justin Turner homers as Dodgers beat Brewers 4-3 in NLCS Game 2

Justin Turner hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 to even the NL Championship Series at a game apiece. …