Fox Sports has won a significant victory in its effort to prevent the Los Angeles Dodgers from selling the media rights to future games.
A federal judge in Delaware on Friday granted Fox’s request for an emergency stay of a bankruptcy court order allowing the sale process while he considers Fox’s’ appeal of that ruling.
The judge also indicated that he likely will overturn the bankruptcy court’s determination that certain protections given to Fox in its existing contract with the Dodgers were unenforceable in bankruptcy.
Attorneys for the Dodgers and the team’s creditors committee warned the judge on Thursday that issuing the stay could torpedo plans to sell both the team and the media rights by the April 30 deadline included in a settlement between the Dodgers and Major League Baseball.
TRADE: The Cincinnati Reds acquired left-handed reliever Sean Marshall from the Chicago Cubs for young lefty starter Travis Wood and two other players.
• The Athletics and Nationals have completed a six-player trade that sends pitcher Gio Gonzalez from Oakland to Washington.
The deal was announced Friday after the players involved passed physicals.
The Nationals get Gonzalez and minor league right-hander Robert Gilliam in exchange for four players, including three top prospects: catcher Derek Norris, right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, and left-hander Tommy Milone.
RED SOX: Boston hired Bob McClure as pitching coach and moved Tim Bogar to bench coach.
The Red Sox said Friday Alex Ochoa will be first base coach on manager Bobby Valentine’s staff and Jerry Royster will be the third base coach. Bogar and Ochoa both played under Valentine with the New York Mets.
McClure recently joined the Red Sox organization as a special assignment scout and instructor.
Ochoa was the hitting coach for Boston’s Class-A affiliate in Salem of the Carolina League.
Royster was most recently the manager of the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization from 2008-10.