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Red Sox honored, slammed...MLB suspensions handed out...Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence re-up

April 9, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale let a Toronto runner steal home, Mookie Betts fanned with two on for the final out and the champion Boston Red Sox stumbled again, losing to the Blue Jays 7-5 in their home opener at Fenway Park. After getting their World Series rings in a ceremony that included the Super Bowl champ New England Patriots, the Red Sox fell to 3-9. The game also made history: It was the first big league matchup of managers born in Puerto Rico, with Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo topping Boston’s Alex Cora.

CHICAGO (AP) — Austin Meadows homered and set a career high with four hits, Avisail Garcia connected against his former team and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 10-5. The Rays pounded Ervin Santana and improved to 9-3, their best start in nine years. They also extended a club record by clinching their fourth straight series victory to start a season. Charlie Morton allowed two runs in five innings for Tampa Bay.

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.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — DeMarcus Lawrence has signed a contract that makes him the highest-paid Dallas Cowboys player in history. The 26-year-old pass rusher agreed to a $105 million, five-year contract after the Cowboys put the franchise tag on Lawrence for the second straight year. The $21 million-per-year average tops three big-name former Cowboys in quarterback Tony Romo, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and receiver Dez Bryant. The question is when the Cowboys reach a deal with young star QB Dak Prescott.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s national champion men’s basketball team was greeted by a throng of several thousand fans when the Cavaliers returned to campus today in Charlottesville. The Cavaliers won their first national championship on Monday night, defeating Texas Tech 85-77 in overtime in Minneapolis.