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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first. The baseball-leading, small-budget A's won the mighty Lester sweepstakes Thursday, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Go
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday's deadline. The deal leaves the Red Sox without their top two starters. Both teams announced the move a few hours after the struggling Red Sox said they sent their No. 1 starter, left-hander Jon
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox obtained third baseman Kelly Johnson from the New York Yankees for shortstop Stephen Drew on Thursday. Drew hit .253 for the World Series champion Red Sox last year but did not accept a $14.1 million qualifying offer. He became a restricted free agent but any team signing him would have had to give Boston a draft choice. So he
BOSTON (AP) 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 key members of that championship team Thursday, bringing to seven the number shipped out in a five-day span.
The Boston Red Sox made very clear at the trade deadline that they intend to focus on 2015 and beyond. The last-place Red Sox may debut newcomers Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig on Friday night at home, where they'll face one former teammate in New York Yankees starter Chris Capuano and possibly another in shortstop Stephen Drew. Boston (48-60) won four
BALTIMORE (AP) The AL-East leading Baltimore Orioles fortified their bullpen Thursday, obtaining Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller provides the Orioles another solid left-hander among a crop of relievers that has flourished this season, led by Darren O'Day (3-1, 1.10 ERA) and lefty Zach Britton
CHICAGO (AP) 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 in exchange for a player to be named. Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, was Boston's general manager w
BOSTON (AP) As the Red Sox were falling again to the Toronto Blue Jays, chants for Jon Lester could be heard echoing throughout a less than half filled Fenway Park. Boston's fading season is now filled with even more uncertainty heading into the trading deadline. Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Na
BOSTON (AP) As his winless streak stretched toward a third month and his ERA continued to climb, Mark Buehrle began to have doubts. At 36, was he at the end of what had been a steady major league career? Would he eventually snap out of the slump and contribute to Toronto's surge in the AL East? Would he ever even win another game? "I guess the olde
BOSTON (AP) ESPN announcers will call Sunday night's Red Sox-Yankees game from atop Fenway Park's Green Monster. The network said Wednesday that Dan Shulman and John Kruk will be located in Section 9 of the stands above the stadium's famous Wall. Boston first installed the Green Monster seats in 2003. In May, Shulman and Kruk called the Cardin