• MLB London Series: When Jenny met A-Rod

    On 19 November, Major League Baseball came to London to begin promotion for next year’s games between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and one of the star attractions on the day was Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee third baseman and one of the iconic players of his era. A-Rod, as he is universally known, had a long day, with a constant stream of media interviews and photoshoots, and he handled all of it with charm and grace.  He also took part in a coaching session with about 20
  • BSUK to run Coach Award Courses in North and South in February

    BaseballSoftballUK will be running two Coach Award Courses in February, one in St Albans and one in Manchester.  The courses are equivalent to a Level 2 qualification, and both will run over three weekend days. The courses will consist of 21 taught hours, but with no coursework.  The cost for the three full days plus associated CPD modules will be £290. The course has been developed specifically for coaches that need to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and prog
  • Former major league baseball players killed in Venezuela car crash 'staged by bandits'

    Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died in crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials sayFormer major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said on Friday.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late on Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state governor Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account. Offi
  • Mixed result for softball and baseball from UK Sport Aspiration Fund

    Friday 7 December -- There was a mixed result for GB Softball and GB Baseball from the awards announced this morning from UK Sport’s new Aspiration Fund, set up to provide Olympic qualification support for sports that do not receive UK Sport performance funding. The GB Women’s Fastpitch Team programme received an award of £62,500 to support preparations for this summer’s European Championship and Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, but
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  • BSUK to run Coach Award Course in February

    BaseballSoftballUK will be running a Coach Award Course, equivalent to a Level 2 qualification, for baseball and softball coaches over three weekend days in February 2019 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The course will consist of 21 taught hours, but no coursework, and the cost for the three full days plus associated CPD modules will be £290. The course has been developed specifically for coaches that need to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive coaching sessions ind
  • Success for Indoor Single-Sex League in Manchester

    A six-week Single-Sex Indoor Softball League that began on 21 October in Manchester finished its autumn season on 25 November and was clearly a great success. Based at Powerleague Trafford, the league consisted of three male and three female teams, with each team playing 24 games across the season, during which a total of 1,930 runs were scored!Competition For games to be competitive, it was important that the teams were evenly matched, and results showed that this aim was achieved -- part
  • Bigger, better venue set for London Indoor Softball League in January

    The London Indoor Softball League, which has been operating at a one-court venue at the Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell during the Autumn season, will have a new venue with two courts and other amenities when play resumes in the new year. Having two courts will mean more teams, more games, longer innings and on-court practice, resulting in a better all-round experience for teams. The new venue will be the Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre, 120 Wood Lane, Isleworth TW7 5FF [map].  &n
  • New venue set for London Indoor Softball League in January

    The London Indoor Softball League, which has been operating at a one-court venue at the Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell during the autumn season, will have a new venue with two courts and other amenities when play resumes in the new year. Having two courts will mean more teams, more games, longer innings and the possibility of on-court practice! The new venue will be the Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre, 120 Wood Lane, Isleworth TW7 5FF [map].    The venue has free car parking
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  • HPA hosts 53 athletes this off-season

    BaseballSoftballUK’s High Performance Academy class for the 2018-2019 off-season currently has a total of 53 athletes aged between 13 and 19 taking part -- 38 from baseball and 15 from fastpitch softball. The athletes were selected from tryouts held at Farnham Park in late September.  High Performance Academy training sessions began with the 2018-2019 HPA Launch and Baseline Testing Day held on 21 October 2018 to start the first half of the programme.  The HPA is run by top trai
  • Ed Blankmeyer to be keynote baseball speaker at the 2019 Coach Summit

    Ed Blankmeyer, the winningest coach in the history of the baseball programme at NCAA Division 1 St John’s University in New York City, has been announced as the keynote baseball speaker at BaseballSoftballUK’s 2019 Coach Summit. The 2019 Coach Summit will be held on Saturday 26 January at the Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, and will consist of keynote speeches, discussions, workshops and seminars for baseball and fastpitch softball coaches, with con
  • BaseballSoftballUK seeks to expand its Commercial team

    BaseballSoftballUK is seeking to expand its Commercial team with a dedicated Events and Facilities Manager and a Content Marketing Executive. We would particularly welcome applications from women, ethnic minorities or those who identify as LGBTQ+.Skills and Experience As a growing sports development business with a need to demonstrate and develop our commercial relevance and independence, BaseballSoftballUK has identified that experience in the following roles and areas would be helpful for the
  • Loughborough 1s win North West University Indoor Softball title

    Six teams from four universities took to the courts on Saturday 17 November at Powerleague Trafford in Manchester to compete in the first University Indoor Softball Championship held in the North West. True to form, the Loughborough University first team (shown below) took the title, as they have at so many outdoor softball competitions, but the tournament featured a lot of close games and was highly competitive.Rules Games were played on five-a-side astroturf pitches and rules from the Manches
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  • Alex Rodriguez: ‘If you can’t sell Aaron Judge, you can’t sell anyone’

    Despite being retired, ‘A-Rod’ is promoting baseball to UK audiences before the Red Sox face the Yankees next summer, but he says the sport sells itselfAlex Rodriguez is famous. Very famous. You’d probably know that Alex Rodriguez is famous without knowing who he is. He’s one of those people who, in that abstract way, just looks famous. He is probably still one of the most famous sportsmen in America, and certainly one of – if not the most – famous baseball pl
  • How to catch tickets for the Yankees v Red Sox in London next year

    NEW YORK YANKEES v BOSTON RED SOX Saturday 29 June 2019, 6:10 pm British Summer Time Sunday 30 June 2019, 3:10 pm British Summer Time London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST A trip to see the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees slug it out IN LONDON next June might be the most exciting Christmas present ever! Hot off the press, here are some important guidelines released by Major League Baseball on about securing tickets for these games. Tickets will sell out very quickl
  • 'Stick to the plan!' Analytics, the Ryder Cup and the lessons for other sports | Sean Ingle

    Last week Thomas Bjørn admitted analytics played a big part in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory – the best teams are open to ideas no matter where they come fromThere is a scene in Moneyball, the story of how the Oakland A’s defied a tiny budget to come close to reaching the 2002 World Series, that neatly encapsulates the friction between gnarly, gum-chewing scouts and the newer wave of analysts who seek truths in spreadsheets.“You don’t put a team together with a
  • Winter Safeguarding update for baseball and softball clubs and teams

    According to BaseballSoftballUK Safeguarding Officer Mark Caress, the off-season is the perfect time for clubs and teams to get all their safeguarding administration and training out of the way, leaving next season free for the fun stuff -- playing! Below are some things to think about and some ways to accomplish this.DBS guidance The government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has just updated its guidance on who needs to be checked, and it’s all to do with what activities in
  • MLB looks at claims Mariners management called Latino players 'lazy and stupid'

    Former employee makes allegations in social media postsSeattle Mariners say accusations are baseless and untrueMajor League Baseball is investigating claims made against the Seattle Mariners by the team’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players.The Mariners denied the allegations in a statement on Monday following Twitter and Instagram posts from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott
  • Boston Red Sox celebrate emphatic World Series win with victory parade – video report

    Huge crowds lined the streets of Boston to celebrate the Red Sox's ninth World Series title. Confetti rained down on fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the baseball players, who have now been called the greatest team in Boston Red Sox history. The Red Sox won their fourth championship in the past 15 years with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the series.
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  • We just saw the greatest team in Boston Red Sox history | Hunter Felt

    Alex Cora’s players started the season well, and just got better. No wonder owner John Henry called them the best Red Sox team ever
    As he lifted the World Series trophy, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry proclaimed the 2018 edition was “the best Red Sox team in history in so many ways”. It wasn’t surprising that Henry would be inspired to say that while he was caught up in the joy of victory; what was surprising was that he was probably right. The moment that the Red Sox de
  • Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers to win 2018 World Series – as it happened

    Full report: Red Sox win fourth championship in 15 years 3.52am GMT Manouk Akopyan’s report from Dodger Stadium: Related: Brilliant Red Sox crush Dodgers to win fourth World Series in 15 years3.49am GMT Final thoughtsDavid Price was still the biggest story here though. It’s impossible to imagine a player doing more to turn around his narrative in a postseason as much as Price did over the course of the last few weeks. He finally won his first playoff start to clinch the ALCS and then
  • Brilliant Red Sox crush Dodgers to win fourth World Series in 15 years

    As it happened: Boston Red Sox 5-1 Los Angeles DodgersBoston win best-of-seven series against LA 4-1Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce started Game 5 of the World Series the same way he and his Boston teammates finished Game 4 – by sticking a dagger in the heart of the Dodgers.Mercifully for the battered Dodgers, there will be no more punishment. Boston used four home runs and seven spectacular innings from David Price to best Los Angeles by a score of 5-1 on Sunday night to clinch the bes
  • World Series 2018 Game 5: Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Game 4 report: Red Sox one game from title after comebackEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFelt 11.27pm GMT Well, so much for the idea that their disheartening loss in the Longest Game In World Series History was going to shift the momentum from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They came back from an 0-4 deficit late in last night’s Game 4, aided by a series of questionable moves by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, pushing Los Angeles to the brink of elimination.Th
  • World Series 2018 Game 4: Boston Red Sox 9-6 Los Angeles Dodgers – as it happened

    Full game report: Red Sox roar back from 4-0 down 4.24am GMT Click here for Mike Coppinger’s report from Dodger Stadium: Related: Red Sox one win from World Series title after erasing 4-0 deficit against Dodgers4.20am GMT Dave Roberts handed this game to the Boston Red Sox. Period. @HunterFeltI think this doesn’t give quite enough credit to the Red Sox, who are just better team here, but certainly Roberts has made his share of confounding moments. Cora too probably made an error in k
  • Red Sox one win from World Series title after erasing 4-0 deficit against Dodgers

    As it happened: Boston Red Sox 9-6 Los Angeles DodgersRed Sox lead best-of-seven series 3-1 going into Game 5Bat dropped to the side, Yasiel Puig stretched his arms high toward the pitch-black sky. He knew immediately upon contact that with one crack of the bat, his Los Angeles Dodgers were about to even this World Series at two games a piece. After all, his three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez in the sixth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 4-0 lead, and when the Dodgers led by that much this seas
  • World Series 2018 Game 4: Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Game 3 report: Muncy hits walk-off homer in record gameEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFelt 3.58pm BST Hunter will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s how an epic Game 3 unfolded:Max Muncy nearly ended this mind-bending game in the 15th inning, but a ball that looked destined to end up as a home run hooked just around the right foul pole, and a collective groan from the home fans in Dodger Stadium followed. When the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman stepped up to the pl
  • 'It's been a dream': Max Muncy after walk-off home run in longest ever World Series game - video

    Max Muncy ended the longest World Series game ever with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 18th inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox 3-2 early Saturday to pull within 2-1.Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of relief. It took 7 hours, 20 minutes, 561 pitches and Muncy's final 90mph fastball into the left-field bleachers to settle this one."Getting a chance to hit a walk-off home run, obviously there's not many words I can use to descri
  • Muncy's walk-off homer wins 18-inning, seven-hour World Series epic for Dodgers

    As it happened: Boston Red Sox 2-3 Los Angeles DodgersRed Sox lead best-of seven series 2-1 after 18-inning marathon
    Game is longest in World Series history at over seven hoursMax Muncy hits walk-off homer to seal victoryMax Muncy ended the longest World Series game ever with a walk-off home run in the 18th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox 3-2 early on Saturday to pull within 2-1 in the series.Muncy connected off Nathan Eovaldi, who was in his seventh inning of rel
  • Muncy hits walk-off homer as Dodgers win longest ever World Series game

    As it happened: Boston Red Sox 2-3 Los Angeles DodgersRed Sox lead best-of seven series 2-1 after 18-inning marathon
    Game is longest in World Series history at over seven hoursMax Muncy nearly ended this mind-bending game in the 15th inning, but a ball that looked destined to end up as a home run hooked just around the right foul pole, and a collective groan from the home fans in Dodger Stadium followed. When the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman stepped up to the plate three innings later, he m
  • World Series Game 3: Boston Red Sox 2-3 Los Angeles Dodgers – as it happened!

    Max Muncy walk-off homer ends historic 18-inning gameDodgers win in record time: seven hours, 20 minutesRed Sox lead World Series 2-1Game 4 is Saturday in Los Angeles 8.45am BST If #WorldSeries Game 3 is setting records for longest game, @LengelDavid must be setting records for longest #WorldSeries game blog...It was real... 8.44am BST Read all about it, right here! 8.38am BST This is how it finally ended!Seven hours and 20 minutes later, Max calls game. #WALKOFF pic.twitter.com/L4J2BFNSpd 8.38a
  • World Series Game 3: Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Red Sox hold 2-0 series lead as teams arrive in CaliforniaEmail David with your thoughts or tweet @LengelDavid 12.37am BST Just in case Mookie Betts wasn’t enough of a hero for the Boston fans, he spent the night after Game 2 feeding the homeless. Not a bad six hours’ work. 2.23pm BST David will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s something on the man who has led the Red Sox to a 2-0 series lead:Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora had just become the first Puerto Rican to tak
  • Why is Alex Cora's success as a Latino manager so exceptional?

    Nearly a third of players in the major leagues are Latino. So why are clubs unwilling to mirror that trend when it comes to managers?Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora had just become the first Puerto Rican to take a Major League Baseball team to the World Series when TBS’ Brian Anderson asked Cora what the achievement meant for him and the island where he was born.“I still remember, it was around this time when we got the deal [to become Red Sox manager] done,” he said. “I
  • David Price and bullpen star as Red Sox take 2-0 World Series lead over Dodgers

    As it happened: Los Angeles Dodgers 2-4 Boston Red SoxTeams head to California for Game 3 of best-of-seven seriesIt was only a few weeks ago that David Price was persona non grata in Boston. He was seen, not entirely unfairly, as a highly paid starter doomed to falter time after time in the playoffs. Now, as the winning pitcher in the the Red Sox’s 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series, he’s positioned himself to be a genuine Boston legend. Meanwhile,
  • World Series Game 2: Los Angeles Dodgers 2-4 Boston Red Sox – as it happened!

    David Price, bullpen and two-out magic push Red Sox to 2-0 leadGame 3 set for Friday in Los Angeles 4.43am BST You can read the full report from tonight’s game below: Related: David Price and bullpen star as Red Sox take 2-0 World Series lead over Dodgers4.28am BST Alex Cora pushes every right button, which cannot be said for Dave Roberts. Yes, the Sox retired 16 straight Dodgers to end this game, but LA were up in this one.4.22am BST Kimbrel grounds out to short, and the Boston Red Sox ha
  • World Series Game 2: Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox – live!

    Game 1 report: Nunez blast powers Red Sox past DodgersEmail David with your thoughts or tweet @LengelDavid 12.30am BST Whatever happens over the next week on the field, I think we can all agree this has been an excellent series for light refraction. We had some great rainbows over Fenway Park yesterday and nature has followed up with a double effort today:These Fenway rainbows.#WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/P1pEkZJR8O 12.22am BST Just a quick reminder of the home run that broke the game open last
  • World Series Game 1: Boston Red Sox 8-4 Los Angeles Dodgers – as it happened!

    Eduardo Nunez’ pinch-hit three-run home run powers Red Sox to Game 1 win
    Sox take 1-0 lead in the Fall Classic: Game 2 on Wednesday in Boston
    Read our game report here 5.20am BSTRelated: Eduardo Nunez blast powers Red Sox past Dodgers in World Series Game 15.08am BST So the home team go up a game to none but it could have been different. LA made mistakes and had their chances still, hanging in until Nunez pinch hit blast bought breathing room for Boston. Really, the Red Sox showed why they
  • Eduardo Nunez blast powers Red Sox past Dodgers in World Series Game 1

    Los Angeles Dodgers 4-8 Boston Red Sox: as it happenedBoston go 1-0 up in best-of-seven series after Fenway Park winFenway Park proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the Dodgers in the World Series opener. Andrew Benintendi, JD Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat Los Angeles 8-4 on a chilly, windy Tuesday night.Benintendi delivered four hits, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed
  • World Series Game 1: Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Dodgers or Red Sox for the title? Our writers’ predictionsEmail David with your thoughts or tweet him @LengelDavid 12.55am BST Dave Roberts did in fact get a standing ovation, which is confirmation that romance is not completely dead. Manny Machado on the other hand was given a good old fashioned roasting by the Fenway faithful.12.48am BST Home field advantageThis feels more like a pre-Interleague play World Series. Consider this: Clayton Kershaw has never pitched at Fenway Park. Not once!
  • World Series 2018: The Red Sox or the Dodgers? Our writers’ predictions

    Will Clayton Kershaw end the Dodgers’ title drought? Or will Mookie Betts and Co continue their rampaging regular-season form?This could very well be an epic World Series, even if it appears one-sided on paper. One would think that a Boston Red Sox team that beat the dangerous Houston Astros in five games, should be the heavy favorites. However, the ALCS was much closer than the 4-1 outcome suggests. (The numbers, for instance, say that Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has been perfect in save
  • Dodgers set up World Series with Red Sox after Game 7 win over Brewers

    NLCS Game 7: Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Milwaukee BrewersDodgers reach World Series for second straight yearYasiel 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 5-1 on Saturday night in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series.Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw closed out the win, setting up a showdown with the Boston Red Sox starting on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Los Angeles fell sh
  • Home run! Yankees cap hits the headlines – with a £315 price tag

    Perennial baseball favourite has moved from pitch to celebrity centre stageMore than the kits of the Chicago Bulls or LA Lakers or the recent World Cup strip of Nigeria, the New York Yankees cap has found favour far beyond the pitch. A long-time celebrity favourite, stalwart of the streetwear scene and perennial on the high street, versions of the cap with its interlocking “NY” logo have this season become a high-fashion favourite, too.Last week Gucci released a £315 monogramme
  • Boston Red Sox beat defending champions Astros to make World Series

    Victory in Houston seals 4-1 series victory for BostonRed Sox will face Dodgers or Brewers for World Series titleDavid 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 champions, the Houston Astros, on Thursday night.Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series to win the best-of-seven set 4-1, a perfect 43rd birthday pres
  • Red Sox close on World Series slot after fan interference wipes out Astros homer

    Umpire rules fan interfered with Mookie Betts’s attempted catchHome run would have yielded two runs in 8-6 loss for HoustonJose Altuve was sure he’d hit a tying home run for the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the AL Championship Series. Then, he saw the signal: he was out.Altuve’s potential homer was wiped away when umpire Joe West ruled that fans reaching for the ball interfered with Boston right fielder Mookie Betts’s attempt to make a leaping catch. Now Houston’s ch
  • MLB investigation clears Houston Astros of any cheating in playoffs

    Cleveland said to have lodged formal complaint over matterMetro Boston claimed man with camera removed from gameMajor League Baseball says it will take no action over allegations the Houston Astros had cheated during the playoffs. On Tuesday, a source told the Associated Press that the Cleveland Indians had filed a complaint with MLB about a man associated with the Houston Astros attempting to film in their dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series. MLB also said it was aware of a report by
  • MLB looks into allegations Houston Astros have cheated during playoffs

    Cleveland said to have lodged formal complaint over matterMetro Boston claims man with camera removed from gameA person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Indians have filed a complaint with Major League Baseball about a man associated with the Houston Astros attempting to film in their dugout during Game 3 of the AL Division Series. MLB also says it is aware of a report by Metro Boston that a man claiming to be an Astros employee was removed from an area near the Boston Red Sox
  • Buckner and Burns blunder their way into inglorious sporting immortality | Andy Bull

    Thirty years after his error in the 1986 World Series, people still talk of pulling a ‘Buckner’. Might ‘Doing a Freddie’ go the same way?It was the one last wafer-thin wisecrack that made Bill Buckner snap. On 4 July 1993 he was signing autographs in a parking lot outside McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, and when a boy passed him a ball to sign a man passing behind them said: “Don’t give him the ball, he’d just drop it anyway.” Buckner left, dumped his
  • Please take part in our BSUK survey!

    Here at BaseballSoftballUK, we know that people are surveyed a lot!  A day can't go by without being asked to rate a service or provide feedback. We think we are different.  Here’s why. If you are reading this, you have probably taken part in our sports recently.  Answering the questions in our survey will help us understand who plays, why, how often and what is being done for them. From this, we will be better positioned to secure funding and design better projects -- so th
  • A Softball Perspective on World Mental Health Day

    One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem in any given year, and it is inevitable that all of us know someone affected by mental illness.World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2018 – is designed to raise awareness around mental health and how it can affect people in schools, universities, workplaces and every other aspect of their lives. The specific theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is “Young People”, and that puts into focus the be
  • CC Sabathia blasts 'terrible' umpire as Red Sox knock Yankees out of playoffs

    Red Sox win 4-3 to eliminate Yankees in AL Division SeriesCraig Kimbrel holds off New York rally in bottom of ninthBoston will host Houston in Game 1 on ALCS on SaturdayCraig Kimbrel and the Boston Red Sox held off the Yankees’ ninth-inning rally that ended with a video replay, eliminating New York with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night that set up a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Houston Astros.Trailing in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, the Yankees scored twice in the nint
  • Boston Red Sox fend off Yankees to set up ALCS showdown with Astros

    Red Sox win 4-3 to eliminate Yankees in AL Division SeriesCraig Kimbrel holds off New York rally in bottom of ninthBoston will host Houston in Game 1 on ALCS on SaturdayEduardo Nunez charged Gleyber Torres’ four-hopper toward third base and whipped it across the diamond. Steve Pearce stretched, falling on his chest for a sprawling catch. The umpire signaled: “Out!”The Boston Red Sox gathered around exhausted closer Craig Kimbrel, hugging and celebrating after the New York Yanke
  • Red Sox inflict record playoff defeat on shellshocked Yankees

    Boston lead series 2-1 after beating old rivals 16-1 in New YorkRed Sox need one more victory to clinch seriesBrock Holt becomes first player to hit for cycle in playoffsTheir ace got booed off the mound, loudly. Their manager let things get out of hand. And their backup catcher wound up pitching.“It was an embarrassing day today,” New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius said. In truth, there wasn’t much else to add after the Yankees absorbed the most-lopsided loss in their d

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