RED SOX-DOMBROWSKI OUT
Red Sox part ways with baseball boss Dave Dombrowski
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox parted ways Sunday with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski less than a year after winning the World Series.
Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg made the announcement following a 10-5 loss to the New York Yankees that dropped the defending champions 17½ games behind their longtime AL East rivals. Boston, which had won three straight AL East titles, would be eliminated from the division race with a loss in the series finale on Monday night.
A veteran baseball executive who built a World Series champion in Miami and helped the Tigers win two AL pennants, the 63-year-old Dombrowski was brought in to steady the Red Sox front office in 2015 with the team in the middle of back-to-back last-place finishes.
The Red Sox followed with three straight AL East titles — a first in franchise history, winning a club-record 108 games last season and their fourth World Series since 2004. From the start of Dombrowski’s tenure on Aug. 18, 2015, through the beginning of this season, the Red Sox had posted a major-league best 320-210 (.604) record.
Here’s a look at what’s happening around the majors today:
_ The Cubs are awaiting word on Addison Russell after the infielder was hit in the face by a fastball Sunday. Russell remained in the game for a bit before being pulled as a precaution. The Cubs say he has a nasal contusion and is under evaluation for a possible concussion, although he was set to travel with the club to San Diego. Russell was slated to be Chicago’s everyday shortstop with starter Javier Báez out indefinitely with a hairline fracture in his left thumb. David Bote could fill in for Russell if he misses time.
_ Mets ace Jacob deGrom (8-8, 2.76) starts as New York hosts playoff-contending Arizona and right-hander Merrill Kelly (10-13, 4.69) to begin a four-game series. The Diamondbacks are 1½ games behind the Cubs for the final NL wild card, with New York trailing by four games.
Arizona had won 11 of 12 before losing to Cincinnati in walk-off fashion Sunday, while the Mets have cooled following a stunning second-half surge to rejoin the October race. New York has lost each of deGrom’s past three starts, and the NL Cy Young Award winner has allowed at least four earned runs in consecutive starts for the first since August of 2017.
_ A’s right-hander Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) takes aim at an Oakland record as he starts a series opener against AL West-leading Houston. Fiers has won 12 straight decisions, one shy of Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter’s run in 1973 for the best since the club moved to the Bay Area. Fiers (14-3, 3.51) will take on right-hander Zack Greinke (14-5, 3.09), who is 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA in six starts since being acquired from Arizona.
Oakland leads Cleveland by 1 1/2 games for the final AL wild card.
_ The Yankees and Red Sox conclude their season series at Fenway Park with a rare Monday series finale. New York left-hander James Paxton is rolling toward October with the AL East leaders, most recently striking out 12 while throwing one-hit ball over seven scoreless innings against Texas. He’s won his last seven starts dating to Aug. 2. Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (17-5, 3.81) has also been cruising. He’s 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in his past four starts.
Olympic bound: US tops Brazil 89-73 at World Cup
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The first mission for the U.S. is complete: The Americans are going to the Tokyo Olympics.
And now the World Cup quarterfinals are the next task.
Kemba Walker and Myles Turner each scored 16 points, and the Americans earned a top seed for the quarterfinals by beating Brazil 89-73 today in the final second-round game of the tournament.
It was a win three nations could celebrate: The U.S. victory not only resulted in an Olympic berth, but also clinched an Olympic spot for Argentina and a spot in the quarterfinals for the Czech Republic. The Czechs moved on despite losing earlier today to NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and Greece.
The MVP exits: Giannis, Greece fail to advance at World Cup
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) now has a little more time to get ready for the NBA season.
That would be an unwanted consolation prize.
The reigning NBA MVP’s stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team’s finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12 points to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals, and instead is heading home after an 84-77 win today wasn’t enough to push it to the next round.
Antetokounmpo did not make himself available to reporters for the second consecutive game. He also told FIBA officials that he was too upset to speak Saturday after Greece’s 69-53 loss to the U.S.
Antetokounmpo is the first reigning NBA MVP to play in the World Cup or the world championships. Only three reigning MVPs have played in the Olympics — Michael Jordan in 1992, Kobe Bryant in 2008 and LeBron James in 2012, all for the U.S., and all going home with a gold medal.