Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Bosox prez: Valentine will finish this season

Red Sox president Larry Lucchino replied "Yes" when asked if embattled Bobby Valentine will be his manager at the end of this season during an interview Thursday with a Boston radio station.

Lucchino would not discuss the late July meeting between ownership and players in the interview with WEEI. Instead, he called a Yahoo Sports report that players went into the meeting wanting Valentine out "exaggerated and inaccurate."

The Red Sox started Thursday 6½ games out in the American League wild-card race. They likely would need to go 32-12 or better to have a chance at the postseason.

"We need to start fixing what's wrong with this club and need all the data we're going to get over the next 44 games," he said. "I think we will see an improved culture next year."

Fan dies: A male fan died in a hospital after going into cardiac arrest at the Blue Jays' home game against the White Sox. Play was halted for four minutes in the seventh inning while the fan received CPR and was carted off. Toronto Police Services confirmed the fan had died in a hospital after collapsing. The name of the fan was not released.

GM stunned over Cabrera: A day after All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, Giants GM Brian Sabean said he was shocked when he received word of the decision by Major League Baseball.

"I was so taken aback, it was deflating," Sabean said. "I kind of got emotional because I didn't see something like this coming.

"We've all been around this game a long time. You get used to making changes and adjustments. Things happen out of leftfield, a lot like life, and this was one of those things you're punched in the stomach with."

Gregor Blanco will move into the regular role as leftfielder in place of Cabrera, who joins reliever and teammate Guillermo Mota as two of the four big-leaguers suspended this season.

Padres sale approved: Owners approved the sale of the Padres to a group that includes the O'Malley family and pro golfer Phil Mickelson, commissioner Bud Selig announced after the owners meetings ended in Denver. Under the deal, the group will buy the franchise from John Moores for around $800 million. The final closing will be on or before Aug. 31. Ron Fowler, a businessman in San Diego, will become the executive chairman. The new ownership group includes Kevin and Brian O'Malley, sons of former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley.

Dodgers vs. the umpire: Slugger Matt Kemp and manager Don Mattingly were ejected during the second inning against the Pirates, setting off an argument that was mostly directed at plate umpire Angel Campos. Kemp struck out swinging to end the first. During the next inning Kemp was ejected by Campos while the player was in the dugout. Kemp's ejection angered Mattingly, who sprinted out to Campos. Kemp wasn't far behind and needed to be restrained. He bumped into an umpire at least once. After a few minutes of arguing, Mattingly was ejected by crew chief Tim Tschida.

Later, Los Angeles starter Joe Blanton ran toward Campos and had words for him as he walked off the field after being removed for giving up a homer.

Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Comer went to the Astros to complete a 10-player trade made last month.

Orioles: INF Wilson Betemit went on the 15-day DL with torn cartilage in his right wrist.

Yankees: Reliever Joba Chamberlain said he didn't hear fans jeering him after the Rangers' Craig Gentry got the tiebreaking single in the seventh inning of a 10-6 loss to the Rangers. "Honestly, I didn't hear it," Chamberlain said of the boos. "My own son booed me, so I guess that keeps it in perspective." Chamberlain, who gave up four hits while getting four outs, has a 9.00 ERA in six games.

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