The front office of Major League Baseball does not like postseason distractions. That is why there are no trades during the playoffs, why announcements on managerial changes are put off if possible and why teams rarely make major announcements. MLB will not be happy at the… Read More
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Following Cliff Lee in the postseason is a tough act, yet C.J. Wilson made it look easy. Now, the Texas Rangers are up 2-0 in their AL division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, with a chance to make franchise history… Read More
    Now comes the second season for Major League Baseball. How about Game 7 of the World Series in Philadelphia on Nov. 4 after Games 4 and 5 were in the new outdoor park in Minnesota. That would be a World Series for some wicked good L.L… Read More
    There isn’t much Orono native Brian Butterfield hasn’t accomplished as a baseball coach over the past 26 seasons. After playing minor league baseball in the New York Yankees’ system from 1979 to 1984, he began his coaching career as a roving infield instructor in the Yankees… Read More
    Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Twins need no added motivation to beat the Yankees. They found some anyway. Prepping for their first-round playoff series, the AL Central champions hung a picture in their clubhouse of the back page of a recent (New York) Daily News that… Read More
    NEW YORK — The New York Mets, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh gave their managers the boot Monday, firing them after disappointing seasons with underperforming teams. The mediocre Mets got rid of manager Jerry Manuel along with general manager Omar Minaya after the team’s fourth consecutive season in… Read More
    BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia walked through the clubhouse on crutches, weaving his way through the cartons and equipment bags being packed by disappointed teammates. Gloves, balls, jerseys — and hopes — all stashed away early as Boston Red Sox players prepared to leave town. A season… Read More
    A flurry of tiebreakers, that might’ve been fun for fans. For the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, a guaranteed spot in the playoffs was just fine. What could’ve turned into a real tangle of a postseason picture suddenly became clear Sunday: Manager Bobby Cox and… Read More
    Greg Rogerson was a teenager when his father Ron died unexpectedly in 1988 at age 44. Even though more than 26 years have passed since Ron Rogerson coached the University of Maine football team, his son is quick to point out how much his four seasons… Read More
    CHICAGO — Paul Konerko hit a grand slam that wrecked Jon Lester’s bid for his 20th win, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Thursday night in a game delayed because of a power failure. The game was held up for 21… Read More
    ORONO — Orono High School will induct Jeff Topliff, Zac Pelleriti, Wayne Arsenault and Dave Comeau into its athletic hall of fame during ceremonies Saturday evening in conjunction with the Red Riots’ homecoming game against Old Town. The game and ceremony originally were scheduled for Friday… Read More
    CHICAGO — Omar Vizquel hit a go-ahead single in Chicago’s three-run seventh inning and the White Sox backed Freddy Garcia in a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. After Vizquel’s hit, the White Sox made it 4-1 on a throwing error by… Read More
    The season has not been what the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona had hoped for, but his sense of humor remains intact. When asked about the pressure of the season that has been filled with injuries, he referred back to his days playing and managing… Read More
    ORONO — The University of Maine women’s basketball team got an early start to its season in August when it competed in a four-game exhibition tour in Canada. Coach Cindy Blodgett’s Black Bears are hoping to capitalize on that experience when they begin full preseason team… Read More
    BOSTON — When Ken Burns decided to update his epic documentary “Baseball” to chronicle the tumultuous developments since it first aired in 1994, he knew that he didn’t want to make a movie of the Mitchell Report. Instead, Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick tried to bring… Read More
    BOSTON — Jon Lester slowed down the Toronto Blue Jays and their home run king. Lester twice got major league home run leader Jose Bautista to ground out with the bases loaded on Sunday, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-0 to avoid… Read More
    BOSTON — When Jose Bautista homered in the sixth inning against Boston on Friday night, Toronto already led by six and the extra runs seemed to matter only to him. Even the fan who caught the ball was apparently unaware that the two-run shot was Bautista’s… Read More
    BOSTON (AP) — When Jose Bautista homered in the sixth inning against Boston on Friday night, Toronto already led by six and the extra runs seemed to matter only to him. Even the fan who caught the ball was apparently unaware that the two-run shot was… Read More
    PITTSFIELD — Pride in the sports teams runs strong at just about any high school and Maine Central Institute is no exception. On Saturday, the school will begin an era of honoring that tradition in perpetuity with the creation of a sports hall of fame. Those… Read More
    SEATTLE — Clay Buchholz pitched seven solid innings, Victor Martinez hit a two-run double and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game series sweep. Buchholz (16-7) allowed one run — Russell Branyan’s first-inning homer — and four… Read More