The Red Sox have the highest average ticket price in Major League Baseball at $52.34 despite leaving the prices the same as 2014, according to an annual survey released Monday by Team Marketing Report. The average MLB ticket price rose 3.3 percent this season to $28.94, the steepest increase in six years. The Yankees, who also left their average unchanged, are second at $51.55. The Cubs, who renovated Wrigley Field and their roster, raised their average for the first time since 2010, a 1.5 percent increase to $44.81. The Red Sox also have the highest prices in a fan cost index. For four average-priced tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, and two adult-size caps at Fenway Park, fans pay $350.86. Arizona had the low at $126.89. The Red Sox are owned by John Henry, who also owns the Globe . . . White Sox ace Chris Sale threw 72 pitches over five innings in a minor league game and the team announced the lefthander will start Sunday’s game against the Twins. Sale broke his right foot Feb. 27 and started the season on the 15-day DL . . . The Orioles purchased the contract of former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway . . . Rays minor league pitching prospect Burch Smith, obtained in the offseason trade that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers to San Diego, will have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will meet Tuesday with the league officials to discuss his playing status, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. Peterson was suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy through at least April 15 because of the child abuse case involving his young son, a punishment he appealed. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he planned to meet with Peterson before the anticipated expiration date of the suspension to assess the six-time Pro Bowl pick’s status. Once Peterson’s playing status is clarified, there’s still the matter of his disinterest in continuing his career in Minnesota . . . Former Patriots defensive coordinator and longtime Raiders defensive assistant Charlie Sumner died Friday in Maui from complications following gall bladder surgery. He was 84. Sumner was a linebackers assistant for New England from 1973 through 1978 and later became the coordinator for one season (1990). Sumner served three tours as a Raiders assistant with his most memorable moment coming as defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl following the 1983 season. Sumner played eight seasons as a defensive back with Chicago and Minnesota . . . Former NFL player Darren Sharper entered a not guilty plea in his first court appearance in New Orleans to face charges that he drugged women in order to rape them. Sharper already has pleaded guilty or no-contest to related charges in three other states. Sharper, who was part of the Saints team that won the Super Bowl in 2010, has been jailed since charges were filed in Los Angeles in early 2014. A multi-state plea deal was announced last month. He is expected to spend at least another nine years in prison . . . The Bengals signed wide receiver Denarius Moore, an unrestricted free agent from Oakland. Moore was the Raiders’ fifth-round pick in 2011. He played in 51 games and started 37 for Oakland, making 142 catches for 2,169 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also returned punts . . . Former Indianapolis Colts defensive back Jacob Lacey signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Hawks’ Millsap is sidelined by injury
Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss at least the next two games with a right shoulder injury. An MRI showed that Millsap sprained and bruised his shoulder against Brooklyn on Saturday. He will miss Tuesday’s home game against Phoenix and Wednesday’s game at Brooklyn. The team says his status will be updated when appropriate. The Hawks (57-19) already have clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference and tied a franchise record for victories . . . The league suspended Kings forward Carl Landry one game for leaving the bench area during an altercation in Sunday’s loss to the Utah Jazz . . . Former University of Connecticut star Diana Taurasi underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a broken bone in her left hand that she hurt playing in a game for her Russian club team. The guard announced in February that she would skip the 2015 WNBA season after accepting an offer from her Russian club, UMMC Ekaterinburg, to rest. She was injured last weekend and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.
UFC hires Novitzky to run drug testing
Two months after promising to ramp up drug testing of its more than 500 fighters, UFC hired federal investigator Jeff Novitzky to spearhead the organization’s anti-doping initiative. Novitzky will begin serving as UFC’s vice president of health and performance this month when he leaves his job as special agent for the US Food and Drug Administration. Novitzky came to national prominence during the BALCO investigation that implicated Barry Bonds and Marion Jones, among others, and also led a doping probe of cyclist Lance Armstrong . . . Dollard St. Laurent, a defenseman who won five Stanley Cups and played on the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens in the 1950s, has died. He was 85 . . . Sabres defenseman Mike Weber will miss the final week of the season to have surgery to repair a lower-body injury.