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Sports briefs for Aug. 17, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Boston’s 2013 World Series trophy in Portland Aug. 25

PORTLAND, Maine — The Boston Red Sox will be bringing their 2013 World Championship trophy to Hadlock Field on Monday, Aug. 25 when the Sea Dogs host the Reading Fightin Phils at 7 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to get a close-up look at the trophy as well as take pictures with them.

The trophy will be on display from 5:45-7:30 p.m. on the third base side of the Hadlock Field concourse. Fans must have a ticket to the game to view the trophy. The gates to Hadlock Field will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Sea Dogs have served as the Red Sox Double-A affiliate since 2003. The 2013 Red Sox World Series roster featured 17 players that played for the Sea Dogs, including two players that started the season in Portland, Brandon Workman and Xander Bogaerts.

Seminoles top AP preseason poll

Defending national champion Florida State is on top of the Associated Press preseason poll, which was released Sunday.

The Seminoles, led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, start the season No. 1 for the sixth time overall and first since 1999 when they were first all season long.

Florida State received 57 of 60 first-place votes. No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma each got one first-place vote.

Ohio State rounded out the top five.

Auburn, which lost the national title game to Florida State, starts off the season at No. 6.

A selection committee will choose four teams at the end of the regular season to play the first College Football Playoff to determine the national champion.

Yankees activate McCann from concussion DL

The New York Yankees activated catcher Brian McCann from the seven-day concussion list before Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays and optioned catcher Austin Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

McCann was injured Aug. 8 against the Cleveland Indians. He left that game after feeling the effects of a third-inning foul ball off his mask.

Romine played one game after getting called up the next day.

McCann is batting .238 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs this season.

Minoso hospitalized after falling from boat

Former Chicago White Sox great Minnie Minoso was hospitalized in Chicago after falling off his boat.

White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert told WMAQ-TV that Minoso, who is 88, was pulled from the water Friday and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for tests.

Team representatives spoke with Minoso on Saturday and said that he is doing fine.

Minoso will reportedly remain at the hospital for further testing but will likely be released on Sunday.

Minoso, a nine-time All-Star and Gold Glove-winning outfielder, made his major league debut in 1951 and played his final game in 1980.


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