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October 9, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball’s biggest rivalry is on tap as the Red Sox try to eliminate the Yankees in Game 4 of their AL Division Series. New York will be trying to rebound from the most lopsided postseason loss in the franchise’s distinguished history — a 16-1 drumming last night capped by Brock Holt completing the first-ever postseason cycle.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays, who won more games than any American League team that didn’t make the playoffs, have rewarded manager Kevin Cash with a contract extension that runs through 2024, plus a club option for 2025. The 40-year-old Cash had one year remaining on a five-year, $5 million deal he signed when he replaced Joe Maddon after the 2014 season.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have fired hitting coach Matt Stairs after one year on the job as the team continued to rank at the bottom of the majors in key offensive stats. General manager A.J. Preller confirmed the move Tuesday, saying in a text to The Associated Press: “We made the change.” The rebuilding Padres finished last in the NL West at 66-96, five losses worse than 2017. Stairs’ replacement will be the Padres’ 10th hitting coach since Petco Park opened in 2004.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) —The NBA usually gets high marks for its diversity efforts and is widely viewed as a leader on social issues. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league needs to be better. Several NBA teams tout statistics about women in the workforce. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn’t see a simple solution for the NBA to take the next step: Hire more women in positions of power.

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Alex Spanos, who used his fortune from construction and real estate to buy the Chargers in 1984, has died. He was 95. The team announced in 2008 that Spanos was suffering from dementia. He eventually stopped attending games. The son of Greek immigrants, Spanos was a self-made millionaire. He bought controlling interest in the team for approximately $50 million from Gene Klein in 1984.

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