Josh Hamilton is among three Texas Rangers named to the American League’s starting lineup for the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game after receiving a record 11.1 million votes in fan balloting.
The first game of the season between the rival New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium came down to the final swing of the bat.
Boston Red Sox reliever Jonathan Papelbon got his 200th career save after appealing a three-game suspension and undisclosed fine for inappropriate actions that included making contact with an umpire.
Free-agent relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon agreed to a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, Comcast Sportsnet reported on its CSNPhilly.com website.
Cincinnati Reds closer Ryan Madson will have season-ending surgery to repair the ligament in his right elbow, four months after his four-year $44 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies collapsed.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Bailey has been told he needs thumb surgery, according to the Boston Globe.
The Boston Red Sox were virtually assured of a place in baseball’s American League Division Series in early September. No team had given up a nine-game lead in the wild-card race.
The Boston Red Sox filled the hole left in their bullpen by the departure of Jonathan Papelbon, acquiring right-handed reliever Andrew Bailey from the Oakland Athletics as part of a five-player trade.
The Boston Red Sox turned to another New England native as their general manager, promoting Ben Cherington to replace Theo Epstein.
Johan Santana pitched five scoreless innings and David Wright drove in the lone run as the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 1-0 in their first game of the Major League Baseball season.