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Lester sharp as Sox sweep Tribe, win sixth straight

Lester sharp as Sox sweep Tribe, win sixth straight

MLB.com Updated Apr 18, 2013
Fifteen games into the season, the Red Sox are looking like a well-oiled engine that is getting it done in all facets of the game. All of it was on display in Thursday night's 6-3 win over the Indians that completed a three-game sweep and pushed the tea…
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  • Dickey's knuckleball cooperates, but back does not

    Dickey's knuckleball cooperates, but back does not

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    R.A. Dickey reclaimed his Cy Young Award form from a year ago in the National League, retiring the first 11 batters he faced in a 3-1 win against the White Sox, but exited after six innings with neck and back tightness.
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  • Red Sox's Ortiz expects to be activated Friday

    Red Sox's Ortiz expects to be activated Friday

    ESPN.com MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Red Sox DH David Ortiz, who hit a bases-empty home run for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday afternoon, is headed for Boston and is expected to be activated for Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.
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  • Pitching coach Cooper set to rejoin White Sox

    Pitching coach Cooper set to rejoin White Sox

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Pitching coach Don Cooper will rejoin the White Sox in Chicago on Friday for the start of a 10-game homestand that begins with a three-game set against the Twins.
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  • Mariners combine to outpitch Verlander, Tigers

    Mariners combine to outpitch Verlander, Tigers

    ESPN.com Apr 18, 2013
    Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help give the Seattle Mariners a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday.
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  • Cashman: Jeter out until 'after the All-Star break'

    Cashman: Jeter out until 'after the All-Star break'

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his injured left ankle.
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  • Comerica Park: A local’s guide to enjoying a road trip to the h…

    Comerica Park: A local’s guide to enjoying a road trip to the home of the Detroit Tigers

    yahoo.com Apr 18, 2013
    Baseball season just started so that means your summer ballpark road trip is that much closer! In a bid to help you with your upcoming journeys, Big League Stew has solicited the help of the locals. Over the next month or so, we'll be hitting up our usu…
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  • Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contest

    Judges announced for Honorary Bat Girl contest

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Alex Gordon of the Royals, Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and CC Sabathia of the Yankees are among guest judges announced for the ongoing Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which encourages fans to share "Going to Bat Against Bre…
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  • Pierzynski making smooth transition with Texas

    Pierzynski making smooth transition with Texas

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Back at Wrigley Field this week with the Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski credits backup catcher Geovany Soto for helping him adjust to a new pitching staff and manager Ron Washington for making it an easy and fun transition after eight seasons with the White S…
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  • Young Indians fan presented Dustin Pedroia with supportive sign…

    Young Indians fan presented Dustin Pedroia with supportive sign spotted in Red Sox dugout

    yahoo.com Apr 18, 2013
    Young Dylan Fantone came to Progressive Field on Tuesday night all decked out in his Nick Swisher jersey and a Cleveland Indians cap. He also came with a message of support for the city Boston and one special declaration. For that one night, the loyal f…
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  • Tigers prevail in 14th on night of 40 strikeouts

    Tigers prevail in 14th on night of 40 strikeouts

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    A game that threatened records for punchouts Wednesday night ended with Tigers backup catcher Brayan Pena absorbing a potential knockout in the 14th inning for a 2-1 victory.
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  • Felix, Scherzer part of historic night of strikeouts

    Felix, Scherzer part of historic night of strikeouts

    CNNSI.com Apr 18, 2013
    Mariners and Tigers hitters kept coming up with air in Wednesday's 14-inning affair, striking out 40 times combined. Cliff Corcoran wraps up a night full of swings and misses in MLB.
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  • 'Pen writes perfect ending for red-hot Sox

    'Pen writes perfect ending for red-hot Sox

    MLB.com Apr 18, 2013
    Usually, Koji Uehara comes out of Boston's bullpen first, only to be followed later in the game by Junichi Tazawa. Perhaps the order doesn't matter as much as their consistent dominance. Together, they were vital in leading the sizzling Red Sox to a 6-3…
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  • Video - Lester, Red Sox Win Sixth Straight 00:31

    Lester, Red Sox Win Sixth Straight

    Apr 18
    Jon Lester tosses seven strong innings to lead the Red Sox to a 6-3 win over the Indians, improving to 3-0 on the season.
  • Video - Dickey, Blue Jays Top White Sox 00:30

    Dickey, Blue Jays Top White Sox

    Apr 18
    R.A. Dickey pitches six scoreless innings before exiting with neck and back tightness in the Blue Jays' 3-1 win over the White Sox.
  • Video - Mariners Shut Out Tigers 00:39

    Mariners Shut Out Tigers

    Apr 18
    The Tigers fall to the Mariners 2-0 despite 12 strikeouts from Justin Verlander.
  • Video - Tigers Win In Dramatic Fashion 00:38

    Tigers Win In Dramatic Fashion

    Apr 18
    Brayan Pena drove in the winning run on a fielder's choice in the 14th inning and hung on to the ball during a collision at the plate to help the Tigers edge the Mariners.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Must-See TV: 17 games that highlight 2013 schedule

    Apr 18
    There will always be differing opinions on what makes for must-see TV, but now that the 2013 NFL schedule is ours for the anticipating, here are the 17 games in the league's 17-week regular season that I can't wait to see.
  • NFL - These matchups highlight 2013 schedule

    Apr 18
    Both new and old rivalries dot an exciting 2013 NFL schedule, writes John Clayton.
  • Lawrence Frank fired by Detroit Pistons, sources

    Apr 18
    The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.
  • Pistons oust coach Frank after two seasons

    Apr 18
    The Detroit Pistons, as widely expected, have fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to sources close to the situation.