Second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielders Curtis Granderson and Jacoby Ellsbury were among 13 Major League Baseball players who turned down $14.1 million qualifying offers from their teams, clearing them to negotiate with other clubs on the free-agent market.
The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox tendered one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offers to three of their free agents: outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, first baseman Mike Napoli and shortstop Stephen Drew.
Six months after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox completed a championship baseball season that drew inspiration from the city’s resilient reaction to the tragedy less than a mile from Fenway Park.
Jonny Gomes’s first World Series hit was a timely one: a three-run home run in the sixth inning that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 and even the best-of-seven contest at two games each.
Mike Napoli hit a three-run double and Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox won the opening game of Major League Baseball’s World Series 8-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.