The Baseball Hall of Fame is putting Boston’s World Series victory on display.
The Hall’s museum has collected items from Boston’s third championship in 10 years, which was clinched with a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night over St. Louis. Included among the items are:
• The bat used by World Series MVP David Ortiz in Game 5.
• The spikes worn throughout the World Series by Red Sox closer Koji Uehara.
• The batting gloves worn by Boston rookie Xander Bogaerts.
NATIONALS: Former major league third baseman Matt Williams is the team’s new manager.
The Nationals will hold a news conference to introduce Williams today as the team’s fifth manager since it moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005.
• Stephen Strasburg has had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow.
ROYALS: Exercised their $13.5 million option on right-hander James Shields after he anchored one of the league’s best starting rotations last season.
Shields, acquired last offseason in a trade from Tampa Bay, went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA and an AL-leading 228⅔ innings.
PADRES: Former All-Star third baseman Kevin Seitzer has been hired as hitting coach.
Rangers: Declined their $12 million contract option for Lance Berkman, making the 37-year-old switch-hitter a free agent.
Berkman gets a $1 million buyout for the second year of the deal signed in January.
Indians: Have released controversial closer Chris Perez and re-signed veteran slugger Jason Giambi.
A two-time All-Star, Perez wore out his welcome in Cleveland. He lost his job in the final week of the season as the Indians were trying to clinch a wild-card berth. It capped another tumultuous year for the right-hander, who was arrested in June after drug agents followed a package containing marijuana to his home.