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‘You want to make sure you get it right’: Baseball’s big plans for London

MLB is already at work to ensure next year’s London series between the Yankees and Red Sox is as authentic as possibleMajor League Baseball has staged regular-season games in Japan, Australia, Mexico and Puerto Rico. But nothing the league has attempte…

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Will Yankees-Red Sox in London break the NFL’s UK stranglehold?

Former Channel Five baseball co-host David Lengel believes Major League Baseball can make a splash in Britain despite a late startFor the tightly knit baseball community scattered throughout the UK and Ireland, Tuesday’s announcement from Major League …

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Red Sox and Yankees confirmed to meet in London MLB double-header

London Stadiums to host games at end of June 2019Boston will be designated as home team in LondonThe New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the London Stadium next year.Boston will be the home team for b…

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London Stadium set to host Red Sox-Yankees games next year

Mayor and MLB commissioner holding press conference on TuesdayWest Ham’s stadium layout makes it well suited for baseballMajor League Baseball will announce next week that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games at the London Stadiu…

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Yankees and Red Sox brawl at Fenway after New York player gets hit by pitch

Newest chapter of famed rivalry kicks off with bench-clearing brawlYankees snap Boston’s nine-game winning streak with 10-7 victoryThe fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Zim v Pedro. A-Rod v Var…

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Why a road name is stirring up the Red Sox’s troubled color-line history

Tom Yawkey was the last team owner of his era to field a black player. And now his legacy is being debated once again as Boston change the name of Yawkey WayLast week, the Boston Red Sox confirmed they would change the name of Yawkey Way, the street ju…

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Houston Astros move through to ALCS with 5-4 win over Boston Red Sox

  • Red Sox’ season ends with 5-4 defeat to Astros at Fenway Park
  • Houston will open ALCS on Friday against Yankees or Indians

Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role reversal of aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Monday in Game 4 of their playoff matchup.

Houston will open the ALCS on Friday, either at Cleveland or at home against the New York Yankees. The Indians held a 2-1 edge over the Yankees going into Game 4 of the AL Division Series on Monday night.

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Kevin Durant spurns Trump as teams vow to fund Confederate statue removal

  • NBA finals MVP says ‘I don’t respect who’s in office right now’
  • Tampa pro sports teams pledge money to remove statue
  • Red Sox say they support efforts to rename Yawkey Way

Kevin Durant is the latest sports star to disassociate himself from Donald Trump.

The NBA finals MVP said he will not join his team-mates should the Golden State Warriors visit the White House to celebrate their championship win earlier this year. “Nah, I won’t do that,” Durant told ESPN. “I don’t respect who’s in office right now.”

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MLB needs to act on beanballs – but we should know better

Last week’s beanball war between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles cast a harsh light on Major League Baseball’s toxic approach to violence

The absurdity of Major League Baseball’s beanball culture reached a peak during last week’s Red Sox-Orioles series. Boston entered the series with its hurlers still angry at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who inadvertently clipped Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a slide in their previous series. Matt Barnes and Chris Sale threw at Machado over the clubs’ next few meetings, only for Machado to punish those attempts with an RBI double and a home run respectively.

But Machado was mad following Sale’s brushback attempt in the second game of their most recent series this past Tuesday. After the game, he vented to reporters. “Pitchers out there with fucking balls in their hands, throwing 100mph trying to hit people,” Machado said. “And I’ve fucking got a bat too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But you know what, I’d get suspended for a year and the pitcher only gets suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

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MLB needs to act on beanballs – but we should know better

Last week’s beanball war between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles cast a harsh light on Major League Baseball’s toxic approach to violence

The absurdity of Major League Baseball’s beanball culture reached a peak during last week’s Red Sox-Orioles series. Boston entered the series with its hurlers still angry at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who inadvertently clipped Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia with a slide in their previous series. Matt Barnes and Chris Sale threw at Machado over the clubs’ next few meetings, only for Machado to punish those attempts with an RBI double and a home run respectively.

But Machado was mad following Sale’s brushback attempt in the second game of their most recent series this past Tuesday. After the game, he vented to reporters. “Pitchers out there with fucking balls in their hands, throwing 100mph trying to hit people,” Machado said. “And I’ve fucking got a bat too. I could go out there and crush somebody if I wanted to. But you know what, I’d get suspended for a year and the pitcher only gets suspended for two games. That’s not cool.”

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Skepticism over racism shows some Red Sox fans don’t know Boston’s history

Adam Jones had to endure racist slurs at Fenway Park earlier this week, and it raised uncomfortable questions for not only Boston but baseball itself

On Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Adam Jones received a standing ovation from the Red Sox fans during his first at-bat. It wasn’t an entirely spontaneous act, but rather an orchestrated “mea culpa” from the Red Sox organization to the Orioles outfielder, who was the target of racial slurs from a section of fans the previous night. It was a nice gesture, coupled by apologies from both the organization and the city itself, but the truth is that Monday’s incident has raised pressing issues that won’t be settled by a symbolic act.

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Orioles’ Adam Jones says he was racially abused by Red Sox fans at Fenway Park

  • Center fielder says he was called N-word and had peanuts thrown at him
  • Boston and Baltimore have prickly history in recent times

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was taunted with racial slurs at Fenway Park during Baltimore’s game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Jones, who is black, said someone in the crowd threw a bag of peanuts at him. He said he had been the subject of racist heckling in Boston’s ballpark before, but this was one of the worst cases of fan abuse he had heard in his 12-year career, according to USA Today Sports. The five-time All-Star said he was “called the N-word a handful of times”.

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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Cubs fans, take note: when my Red Sox finally won, I no longer knew who I was | Dave Bry

I’m a Boston fan, and loserdom defined me – until it suddenly didn’t. Cubs fans might find that after winning the World Series, baseball is never the same again

What an absolutely wonderful World Series we just watched. Close games, dominant pitching, spectacular plays; both teams boasting bright young stars (Bryant and Rizzo! Lindor and Ramirez!) buttressed by tested vets (Lester and Ross, Napoli and Crisp); the two best, most lovable managers in baseball (Maddon, Francona). And all the weight of all that history, all that futility – both franchises, defined by failure. One hundred and eight Sisyphean years had passed since the Cubs won the world championship. An almost-as-excruciating 68 for the Indians. Hollywood movies have been made about the haplessness of these teams. It could not have been scripted any better. This was a series any fan with a heart simply did not want to end.

Related: How the Chicago Cubs faced down history and killed a century-old curse

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Curt Schilling was a hero in New England. But his time has passed | Hunter Felt

The Red Sox pitcher sacrificed his body to deliver a World Series. But he’s squandered the fans’ goodwill, and his chances of beating Elizabeth Warren for a Senate seat are slim

In Monday night’s game 3 of the AL Championship Series, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer had to make an early exit after his injured pinkie refused to stop gushing blood. In Massachusetts, the gory sight conjured up surprisingly positive memories: it was hard not to think back to Curt Schilling’s starts in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS and game 2 of the World Series. Pitching on a surgically repaired ankle with blood dripping through thick socks, the Red Sox ace stayed in the game, mowing down the offenses of the New York Yankees and then the St Louis Cardinals on the way towards the team’s first championship in 86 years.

Related: The Red Sox say goodbye to Big Papi, and Boston will never be the same

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The Red Sox say goodbye to Big Papi and Boston will never be the same

The most important Red Sox player since Ted Williams has played his final major league game after Monday’s ALDS loss to Cleveland and Boston is poorer for it

It was the lack of anger that made this particular loss feel different.

Normally when a Boston team flames out during the postseason, social media and sports talk radio act as venues for cathartic venting and irrational ranting. And there was some of that after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS to complete a clean sweep in the American League Division Series. There were calls for manager John Farrell to be fired, and insults hurled at starting pitcher David Price for not living up to his hefty contract. Mostly though, there was more sadness and regret than anger, a growing sense that “he” deserved a better end than that.

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The Red Sox say goodbye to Big Papi and Boston will never be the same

The most important Red Sox player since Ted Williams has played his final major league game after Monday’s ALDS loss to Cleveland and Boston is poorer for it

It was the lack of anger that made this particular loss feel different.

Normally when a Boston team flames out during the postseason, social media and sports talk radio act as venues for cathartic venting and irrational ranting. And there was some of that after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the ALDS to complete a clean sweep in the American League Division Series. There were calls for manager John Farrell to be fired, and insults hurled at starting pitcher David Price for not living up to his hefty contract. Mostly though, there was more sadness and regret than anger, a growing sense that “he” deserved a better end than that.

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Blue Jays savor 3-0 sweep of Rangers and another trip to the ALCS

  • Toronto beat Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep AL Division Series
  • Wild-card Blue Jays will face winner of the Cleveland-Boston series

Josh Donaldson’s mad dash moved the Blue Jays into the next round of the playoffs.

Related: José Lobatón: forgotten catcher saves the Nationals and keeps a series alive

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Blue Jays savor 3-0 sweep of Rangers and another trip to the ALCS

  • Toronto beat Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep AL Division Series
  • Wild-card Blue Jays will face winner of the Cleveland-Boston series

Josh Donaldson’s mad dash moved the Blue Jays into the next round of the playoffs.

Related: José Lobatón: forgotten catcher saves the Nationals and keeps a series alive

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Sport picture of the day: Boston Red Sox zero in

A scorekeeper inside the Green Monster watches Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox catch a fly ball hit by Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Fenway Park, Boston. The Blue Jays won the game 2-1 Continue reading…