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April 9, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox celebrated their fourth World Series title in 15 years at Fenway Park before their home opener. A giant banner honoring the 2018 champions was unfurled in front of the Green Monster during a ceremony before the game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Pedro Martinez, Mike Lowell and David Ortiz carried out the 2004, ’07 and ’13 trophies. Then the 2018 team filed down the red carpet to collect their championship rings.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer has been suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one for their roles in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend. Archer has appealed his penalty and will play pending a decision. Cincinnati’s Derek Dietrich stood in the batter’s box to admire his long home run Sunday, and two innings later Archer threw his first pitch behind the waist of Dietrich. Benches and bullpens emptied.

CHICAGO CUBS (AP) — Chicago Cubs ace Jon Lester will likely miss one or two starts because of a left hamstring injury. Manager Joe Maddon tells a radio station (WSCR-AM) that Lester “of course” will miss his scheduled start against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday and might miss a second outing. Lester was hurt running the bases during a six-run second inning against Pittsburgh on Monday.

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence against his wife. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov for what the league called unacceptable off-ice conduct. The Los Angeles Kings terminated Voynov’s contract in 2015, and they still have rights to him.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ downtown home has a new name. Quicken Loans Arena has been renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The team announced the change a few hours before hosting the Charlotte Hornets in its season finale. The arena has been undergoing a massive, $185 million renovation that won’t be completed until this fall.