Red Sox items head to hall of fame in Cooperstown



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.


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