Dan Shaughnessy

Theo Epstein is back on familiar ground this fall

Team president Theo Epstein (right) and manager Joe Maddon were the key leaders for a franchise that won 97 games this season.


With the championship-starved Cubs in the playoffs, many similarities can be drawn to Theo Epstein’s tenure in Boston.

Alex Speier

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The Rangers offer a reminder that players who sink a team’s postseason hopes in one year can sustain them in another.

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Red Sox’ season over, Mookie Betts to give bowling a spin

The Red Sox outfielder has accepted an invitation from the PBA to complete in the World Series of Bowling VII.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/03/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/490571024.jpg A look at the Red Sox roster entering hot stove season

The team has a good base of talent on its major league roster before Dave Dombrowski starts to reshape it.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/162774462.jpg Loyalty, friendship led Torey Lovullo to stay with Red Sox

Lovullo made a vow to support John Farrell — his friend — in any way possible, including staying on his staff.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/491591330.jpg Astros shut out Yankees in AL wild-card game

Dallas Keuchel continued his mastery over New York in Houston’s 3-0 win.

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New York’s Game 3 starter was a no-show for the team’s mandatory practice.

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The 29-year-old rigthhander led the majors with 22 wins and posted an 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break .

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/489391980.jpg Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia enters alcohol rehab center

Sabathia surprised many in the Yankees organization by revealing his problem on the eve of a wild-card game against Astros.

Baseball notebook

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Williams, the 2014 NL Manager of the Year, is gone after only two seasons in his first job as a skipper in the majors.

Deven Marrero played in 25 major league games for the Red Sox this season.

Alex Speier

Curtain falls on a Red Sox season of disappointment and change

The Red Sox fell far short of expectations, and underwent drastic alterations at every level of the organization in 2015.

Peter Abraham | Beat Writer’s Notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_soxvsroyals100.jpg Two important tasks top Red Sox’ offseason agenda

The Red Sox need to acquire a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 starter, and they must get rid of Hanley Ramirez by any means necessary.

Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, along with Blake Swihart and Eduardo Rodriguez, comprise a foundation of players who could again hoist a World Series trophy if properly augmented.

Jim Davis/Globe Staff

For Red Sox, a contending team can emerge from disappointment

The best part for the Sox: Bogaerts, Swihart, Betts, and Rodriguez are only in their early 20s.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/479587438-8400.jpg Red Sox ask Hanley Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds

Listed at 225 pounds, the team wants him to slim down for a move to first base.


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Boston ended the season with four consecutive losses, finishing 78-84, alone in last place in their division for the second straight season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/200_don_orsillo.jpg Don Orsillo says farewell to Red Sox fans

The popular announcer, who was not retained by NESN, thanked his backers for providing an outpouring of support.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/491329114.jpg MLB roundup: Texas Rangers win AL West title

Texas plays its first Division Series game since 2011 on Thursday at Toronto or Kansas City.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/490156810.jpg Dave Dombrowski’s history with Max Scherzer says a lot about him as an executive

Dombrowski’s dealings with the Nationals pitcher suggests a willingness to act aggressively but within limits.

Bryce Harper was most valuable as judged by his 9.9 WAR.

Nick Wass/Associated Press


Who is deserving of baseball’s biggest awards this season?

The Globe’s baseball writer offers his take on who should take home the hardware.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/10/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/479578270.jpg Red Sox’ big-money players have to earn keep in 2016

With trades unlikely, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval top the list of underperforming players who need to rebound.

The Yankees will play in the AL wild card game on Tuesday.

Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports


For baseball’s wild-card format, changes could be on the horizon

The most important opinion belongs to commissioner Rob Manfred, and he likes the one game just fine.