FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.
BOSTON (AP) — Somehow, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looked at Mookie Betts' MVP season and saw room for improvement.
Not the .346 batting average that was the highest in the major...
What’s the catch? Red Sox players decide on new or old glove
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — It's early in spring training, time to get the new mitt ready.
Or is it?
For the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, some like the feel of new leather, some like it old. Some are superstitious and don't like change and others don't worry about that even after a great season.
"A new glove every year," reigning AL MVP and three-time Gold Glove winner Mookie Betts said Saturday morning at the team's spring training complex.
Mookie Betts looks to follow up on title, MVP award
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mookie Betts won a World Series in October, became a first-time dad nine days later, earned his first AL MVP award and was part of a team that won a professional bowling event.
What can the 26-year-old do for an encore with the Boston Red Sox?
"He can do whatever he wants in sports," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He can golf. He can shoot the basketball and he won a tournament in bowling. He can do it all. He's just gifted."
Bauer, Cole, Wood win in arbitration; players ahead 6-3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole and Alex Wood won their salary arbitration cases Wednesday, giving players a 6-3 advantage over teams to ensure a winning record in consecutive years for the first time since 1989-90.
Bauer won his hearing for the second straight year and was awarded $13 million by James Darby, James Oldham and Sylvia Skratek instead of the Cleveland Indians' $11 million offer.
AL MVP Betts agrees to $20 million, 1-year deal with Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts keeps putting up big numbers.
The AL MVP and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox agreed to a $20 million, one-year contract Friday, a raise of $9.5 million that was for a few hours the highest for an arbitration-eligible player.
Betts was later surpassed by New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, who got a raise from $7.4 million to $17 million.
Betts, deGrom, Davis get big-money deals, avoid arbitration
NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.
Steve Wright, Red Sox agree to $1,375,000, 1-year contract
BOSTON (AP) — Knuckleballer Steven Wright and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year contract for $1,375,000, a raise of $275,000, in a deal that avoided arbitration.
An All-Star in 2016, the 34-year-old right-hander started the 2018 season late following left knee surgery and a 15-game domestic violence suspension. He made four starts and six relief appearances, went back on the disabled list in late June because of the knee, then returned in September.
McCutchen on the move, other deals percolate at meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia's outfield, more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go.
The winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, but any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck.
Red Sox moving AL MVP Betts from leadoff to second slot
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Here along the Strip, the Boston Red Sox are placing their bets on a new leadoff man.
AL MVP Mookie Betts will hit second next year, a season after he led the big leagues in batting average and slugging percentage from the top spot.
Andrew Benintendi will move up a slot and hit first for the majors' highest-scoring team, manager Alex Cora said Tuesday at the winter meetings.
Granderson voted Man of the Year for 3rd time by players
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson became the first three-time winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, part of the players' association's Players Choice Awards.
Boston’s Betts, Milwaukee’s Yelich win MVP Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston.
"I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I've kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread knowledge that the game is fun," he said Thursday after his runaway victory for the AL MVP award.
Red Sox get 3 Gold Glove winners
Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox just keep winning.
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 fielding excellence this season.
The 26-year-old Betts won for the third straight year. He also is a top contender for the AL MVP award.
Red Sox top Dodgers for 4th World Series title in 15 seasons
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Sale's final pitch for this Boston juggernaut triggered a celebration on the Dodger Stadium infield, among thousands of fans who made their way to California — and even outside Fenway Park back home.
The quest is complete. Yes, these 2018 Red Sox really are that great.
A team to remember from top to bottom. A season to savor from start to finish.
The Latest: Red Sox win 4th World Series title in 15 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the World Series (all times local):
The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series championship in 15 years, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 Sunday night behind David Price's pitching and Steve Pearce's power.
Alex Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to guide a team to the title. He's just the fifth rookie skipper to do it overall.
Weekend Sports in Brief
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series championship in 15 years, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 Sunday night behind David Price's pitching and Steve Pearce's power.
Alex Cora became the first manager from Puerto Rico to guide a team to the title. He's just the fifth rookie skipper to do it overall.
After posting a team-record 108 wins during the regular season and romping through the AL playoffs, the Red Sox finished off a one-sided Series
Pierced! Pearce sparks top of slumping Red Sox lineup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — His team down by a run, Steve Pearce was limbering up outside the Boston dugout before the eighth inning when manager Alex Cora called him back to the bench for a quick word.
Whatever Cora said, it must've worked.
He might want to share that wisdom with Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, too.
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Mookie Betts: “Pretty cool” to be feted for feeding homeless
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts figures he should always use his baseball success to give back to the world.
No decision on Martinez in Red Sox lineup; Betts not at 2B
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the Red Sox wait to see whether J.D. Martinez can start Game 3 of the World Series, this much is true: Don't take any bets on Boston shifting a star outfielder to the infield.
"Mookie Betts at second? No, he's not playing second base. Well, he's not starting at second base," manager Alex Cora said Thursday.
The Red Sox lead 2-0, and there's been a lot of speculation about what they will do Friday night when the designated hitter spot is dropped at Dodger Stadium.
No decision on Martinez in Red Sox lineup; Betts not at 2B
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora says no decision has been made on whether slugger J.D. Martinez will start Game 3 of the World Series.
But Cora said Thursday that whatever lineup he uses, it will not feature star right fielder Mookie Betts at second base.
Martinez is Boston's main designated hitter. The DH role will not be used Friday when the Red Sox take their 2-0 lead into Dodger Stadium to face Los Angeles.
Red Sox beat Dodgers 8-4 at Fenway in World Series opener
BOSTON (AP) — The Fenway Funhouse proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the beach boys.
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 8-4 on a chilly, windy Tuesday night.
LEADING OFF: Kershaw, Sale set for Game 1 of World Series
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will pitch at Fenway Park for the first time when he starts Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox. The oldest park in the majors has a lot of quirks that can present many challenges for newcomers, but Kershaw says he's focusing on Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and the lineup of a team that won 108 games.
Cora: MVP favorite Betts could play 2B in World Series
BOSTON (AP) — With a championship at stake, AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts is ready to do anything manager Alex Cora asks.
Even if that means dusting off his infielder's mitt.
Cora said Saturday he might use the Gold Glove right fielder at second base during the World Series, a move that would make space in the lineup for slugger J.D. Martinez when the series shifts to Dodger Stadium.
Fan interferes on possible Altuve HR in Astros 8-6 ALCS loss
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve was sure he'd hit a tying home run for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series. He thought it was a double, at least, when he watched the ball ricochet back onto the field.
Then, he saw the signal: He was out, and couldn't believe it.
Wednesday’s Sports in Brief
HOUSTON (AP) — 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 to take a 3-1 lead in the AL Championship Series.
Boosted by a questionable fan interference call early in a back-and-forth game and a go-ahead homer from Jackie Bradley Jr., the Red Sox moved within one victory of their first World Series trip since winning the 2013 title.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone regrets slow hook of Severino
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Boone regrets his slow hook of Luis Severino.
Given a night to reflect on New York's record-setting 16-1 loss to Boston in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees' rookie manager said he would not have let his ace take the mound for the fourth inning down 3-0 after allowing five singles and several hard-hit outs.
Betts, deGrom, Treinen win Baseball Digest awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest.
Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets was picked as the pitcher of the year and Oakland closer Blake Treinen was selected as the top reliever.
The awards were announced Thursday. A 15-person panel including broadcaster Bob Costas, former team executive Jim Duquette and ex-player Eduardo Perez chose the winners.
Red Sox keeping things routine awaiting ALDS opponent
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora knows first-hand the way things change in October. That's why the Boston Red Sox manager wants to keep everything the same for his club.
Routine served Boston well during the regular season. Under their rookie skipper, the Red Sox posted a franchise-best 108 wins and secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Nobody better: Betts, Yelich clear choices for MVP awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Now that the regular season is finally in the books, time to bestow baseball's biggest individual prizes. It took one extra day to sort out the playoff bracket, but these debates have been underway for weeks.
Christian Yelich seems a cinch for NL MVP, but is it Mookie Betts or Boston teammate J.D. Martinez in the American League?
Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer for the NL Cy Young Award?
Shohei Ohtani or Miguel Andujar for AL Rookie of the Year?
Red Sox claim more titles, beating Yankees 10-2 in finale
BOSTON (AP) — On the final day of their record-setting season, the AL East champion Boston Red Sox picked up a few more titles.
Mookie Betts had another hit to coast to the big league batting championship and J.D. Martinez won the RBI crown on Sunday as the Red Sox headed into the playoffs with their franchise-record 108th win, a 10-2 victory over the second-place New York Yankees.
Another term: Judge has MLB’s top selling jersey again
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge again has baseball's most popular jersey.
MLB says the Yankee slugger's No. 99 was the top seller for the second straight season. Judge beat out 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, who will be trying to repeat as a World Series champion with the Houston Astros next month.
Judge and the Yankees will face Oakland in the AL wild-card game Wednesday. Teammate Giancarlo Stanton was ninth in jersey sales in his first season with New York.
Red Sox OF Betts steals base, joins 30-30 club
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts stole his 30th base of the season in the second inning against Baltimore on Wednesday, making him the second player in franchise history with 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season.
Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.
Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.
Red Sox clinch 3rd straight AL East title with win at Yanks
NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting on Alex Cora's desk in the visiting manager's office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him.
After waiting a few days, the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx.
Betts returns as Red Sox chase clinch at Yankee Stadium
NEW YORK (AP) — Mookie Betts is back in Boston's lineup, hitting leadoff as the designated hitter while the Red Sox try to clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.
Betts was pulled from a game Sunday with a left side injury. After the team's day off Monday, Betts was held out of the lineup Tuesday night against New York.
Yankees top Red Sox 3-2, deny Boston a division clincher
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton started a game-ending double play on New York's third try in the ninth inning and the Yankees kept the Boston Red Sox from a bubbly celebration in the Bronx for at least another night with a 3-2 victory Tuesday.
Batting from the left side, Walker launched a no-doubter in the seventh inning off Ryan Brasier for the Yankees' third hit of the game and a 3-1 lead.
Judge returns for Yanks, Betts sits for Red Sox after delay
NEW YORK (AP) — Afternoon showers in the Bronx were just what Aaron Judge needed to get back into the New York Yankees' lineup.
For Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, it was just the opposite.
Judge was hitless in his return and Betts sat out when the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-2 in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday night. The game was pushed back about six hours because of rain in the forecast and began at 7:08 p.m.
Betts to sit vs Yankees with side injury, soggy conditions
NEW YORK (AP) — Red Sox star Mookie Betts will sit out Boston's series opener against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night after injuring his left side Sunday.
Boston manager Alex Cora says Betts was originally in his starting lineup before rain pushed Tuesday's game back six hours to a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Cora scratched Betts out of caution because of the soggy conditions.
Betts was hurt making two throws to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.
LEADING OFF: Bosox try to clinch in Bronx, Snell goes for 20
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The Red Sox can clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium with a single win during their three-game series — in 2016, Boston locked up the division while playing on the home field of its archrival. Ex-Yankee Nathan Eovaldi pitches against J.A. Happ in a matchup of veterans traded this summer. Rain is in the forecast for the 1:05 p.m. start, with the teams scheduled to begin early ahead of Yom Kippur observances.
Betts hurts side, says injury minor, Red Sox near East title
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left the game after hurting his left side making a throw to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston's magic number to two for a third straight AL East title.
Boston can clinch the division at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons, needing only one win during a three-game series that opens Tuesday afternoon.
Betts hurt, Red Sox beat Met 4-3 and cut magic number to 2
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts doesn't seem to be badly hurt, so the Red Sox can focus on clinching the AL East at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three seasons.
Betts gave Boston a scare when he injured his left side making two throws to home plate during a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston's magic number to two for a third straight division title.
Boston’s Mookie Betts leaves game hurting side on throw
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left a game in the New York Mets after hurting his left side while making a throw to home plate.
Betts caught a fly ball from Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning Sunday and tried unsuccessfully to throw out Austin Jackson, who scored from third.
Boston says Betts has left side soreness and will be evaluated further.
Bradley helps Red Sox rally past White Sox 9-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a sacrifice fly in Boston's four-run seventh inning and a tiebreaking single in the ninth, helping the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Thursday night.
Ian Kinsler sparked the winning rally with a one-out single off Thyago Vieira (1-1) for the last of his three hits. Blake Swihart then walked before Bradley drove in Kinsler with a liner into right field.
Red Sox rally for 11-run inning after Price hurt in 14-6 win
BOSTON (AP) — Once the Boston Red Sox were done hitting line drives all around Fenway Park, they started thinking more about one that knocked David Price out of the game.
Mookie Betts homered early and had a two-run double in Boston's 11-run seventh inning as the Red Sox rallied for a 14-6 victory over the Miami Marlins after their hottest pitcher was injured Wednesday night.
A capsule look at the Red Sox-Astros playoff series
A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros:
Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Houston, 4:08 p.m. (MLB); Game 2, Friday, at Houston, 2:05 p.m. (FS1); Game 3, Sunday, at Boston, 2:38 p.m. (FS1); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 9, at Boston, TBA (FS1 or MLB); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Houston, TBA (FS1 or MLB).
LEADING OFF: Twins in, Red Sox near clinch, testy Cubs-Cards
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A day after clinching their first playoff spot since 2010, the Twins are back on the field for an afternoon game at Cleveland. Minnesota became the first team to lose at least 100 games and then make the postseason the following year. Manager Paul Molitor's club will play in the AL wild-card game next Tuesday at either Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park. Boston leads New York by three games in the AL East.