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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Larry Stone: Is Mike Zunino trade a tweak or start of a rebuild for Mariners?

Jerry Dipoto’s offseason machinations were set in motion by the trade of Mike Zunino for Ray outfielder Mallex Smith. Whether this is just part of a small plan or the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

Mallex Smith dealt to Mariners by Rays for Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia

Speedy outfielder and leadoff hitter Mallex Smith has been acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia as part of …


Top agent Scott Boras calls rebuilding teams ‘competitive cancer’

Scott Boras, the agent for free agent Bryce Harper and many of baseball’s top players claims rebuilding teams have become a ‘competitive cancer’ that caused this season’s 4 percent attendance …


Mariners finalizing a trade that would send catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Rays

Multiple Major League Baseball sources said the Mariners are finalizing a deal with their favorite trade partner, the Tampa Bay Rays. Seattle would send catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

Gary Sanchez needs shoulder surgery, CC Sabathia to retire after ’19

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will have surgery on his left shoulder in the next week, which could slow him during spring training but is not likely to keep him out …


Don Mattingly, Yadier Molina set to lead MLB All-Star tour of Japan

Don Mattingly is looking forward to getting a first-hand look at Japan’s national team while All-Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes to throw out some speedy runners. Mattingly and Molina are …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Rizzo: Nats made offer to Bryce Harper late in season

The Washington Nationals made an offer to Bryce Harper late in the season in an attempt to reach a deal before he became a free agent. Nationals general manager Mike …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Teams, agents wonder whether slow market will repeat

Teams and agents aren’t sure whether the free-agent market will revert to its previous pace or whether clubs will try to wait out players like they did last winter. Spring …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

Friedman: Manny Machado’s lack of hustle was not a secret

Andrew Friedman knew he was getting a player who didn’t hustle all the time when he traded for Manny Machado. Still, the Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations was …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 5:17 p.m.

Lance McCullers to miss 2019 season following Tommy John surgery

Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will miss all of next season following Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old was 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 22 starts and three relief …


Lou Piniella back on ‘Today’s Game Era’ HOF ballot

Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the …


Boston Red Sox get three Gold Glove winners

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ian Kinsler won Gold Gloves for the World Series champion Red Sox on Sunday night, and the Atlanta Braves also were recognized for their …


Cubs exercise option on Cole Hamels, trade Drew Smyly to Texas

The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 8:29 p.m.

Clayton Kershaw stays with Dodgers in $93M, 3-year deal

Clayton Kershaw is staying with the Los Angeles Dodgers, agreeing to a $93 million, three-year contract that avoids free agency. The agreement was reached on the day Kershaw opted out …


Ex-Zag Marco Gonzales signs two-year deal with Mariners

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Seattle Mariners and Marco Gonzales have agreed to a $1.9 million, two-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on …


Bill Madden: Red Sox World Series win was a team effort led by one of the best managers in the game

The duck boats have made their way through Boston for the celebration of the greatest Red Sox team in history and while, at a major league high $228 million, you …


3 days after World Series gem, David Price says he’s staying with Boston

Three days after a World Series victory that transformed him from a postseason flop to an October hero, Red Sox left-hander David Price said at the team’s victory parade Wednesday …


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 …