As part of a plea deal with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, sports columnist Jay Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence Thursday and was sentenced to three years probation and 40 hours of community labor. Mariotti was arrested in August after allegedly pushing and grabbing his girlfriend. Read more about that story, plus check out other news, videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
CHICAGO -- Adrian Beltre's player option for 2011 officially doubled, from $5 million to $10 million, after he reached 640 plate appearances for the season with his three at-bats in the Red Sox' 8-2 loss to the White Sox, Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Beltre, who came into the game with 638 plate appearances, hadn't reached the level of PA's since 2006, when he finished with 681. The third baseman has now had at least 640 plate appearances four times in his career.
Even with option jumping up by $5 million, it almost certainly won't factor into Beltre's approach to committing to a team this offseason. He inked the one-year, $10 million deal with the Red Sox prior to the 2010 campaign with an eye on securing a multi-year deal following the season. The plan has worked for the 31-year-old, who is hitting .321 with 28 home runs and an OPS of .923.
"It doesn't mean anything to me," said Beltre, who has...
CHICAGO -- Jon Lester failed in his attempt to become the first Red Sox' left-handed pitcher to win 20 games since Mel Parnell accomplished the feat in 1953, giving up eight runs on nine hits over four innings against the White Sox, Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The end result of the outing was an 8-2 loss for the Red Sox in their series finale against the White Sox.
Lester, who would have been the Red Sox' first 20-game winner (and 28th overall) since Josh Beckett (2007), succumbed to a grand slam by Paul Konkero in the fourth inning, and a Dayan Viciedo two-run shot in the fifth. Lester finishes the season at 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. He left the game with the Red Sox carrying a six-run deficit.
The Red Sox' offense was supplied by Victor Martinez, who launched a two-run homer to left field, scoring Marco Scutaro in the third inning, giving the visitors a one-run lead at the time.
The cap that former Red Sox lefty Bill Lee wore in his recent appearance for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League will be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Lee, 63, became the oldest person to pitch in and win a minor league game on Sept. 5 when he beat the Worcester Tornadoes 7-3. Lee is the third-winningest lefty in Red Sox history and pitched 14 seasons in the majors from 1969-82.
After exntensive collective bargaining between the Players Association and Major League Baseball, the MLBPA announced that it has approved an agreement that will modify certain aspects of the free agent system for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 offseasons. Among its provisions are the following substantive changes to the operation of the free agent market that will be effective for the 2010 and 2011 offseasons:
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