Red Sox aren’t giving up on Will Middlebrooks

The Red Sox say Will Middlebrooks has improved significantly at third base. It’s his offense — with a .522 OPS this year — that needs work this offseason. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Middlebrooks has a minor league option left and the Sox could retain him for one last shot at recapturing his 2012 swing.

Pedro Chavez, a Cuban baseball star from the 1960s, stands for the national anthem at Fenway Park, where he watched a current Cuban star, Yoenis Cespedes, play for the Red Sox.  Stan Grossfeld

Old Cuban stars don’t begrudge ballplayers who defect

During a trip to Cape Cod, veteran Cuban baseball players reflected on the past and the present.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, runner-up in voting for MLB’s new commissioner, will be on the league’s pace of game committee with the person who won the vote to be Bud Selig’s successor, Rob Manfred.  (Photo by Phil Long/Invision for Starz Entertainment/AP Images)

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Red Sox involved in MLB’s pace of game committee

The group includes Tom Werner and the person he lost to in the final commissioner vote, Rob Manfred.

The highlight of the Red Sox’ last homestand of a disappointing season will be Yankees great Derek Jeter’s final game.
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Lackluster final week coming for Red Sox

Could you have imagined this at the start of the season? Boston, Tampa Bay, and New York playing out the string at Fenway Park?

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Notes: Braves fire GM Frank Wren

With Wren in charge, the Braves are in danger of posting only their third losing season since 1990.

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Royals rebound to defeat Indians

Danny Duffy pitched six shutout innings for his first win in more than a month.

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Red Sox map out rotation for final week

Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman have been taken out of the modified six-man rotation.