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Red Sox hire Houston's Cora as manager

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BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox hired Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora as manager Sunday, turning to a player from their 2007 World Series championship roster to help the team out of its current playoff slump.

"Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family," Cora said in a statement released by the team. "I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans."

The Red Sox announced the hire Sunday, a day after Cora's Astros eliminated the New York Yankees in the AL Championship Series. With two days off before Houston opens the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston had a chance to hire Cora without running afoul of baseball's ban on major moves during the Series.

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Mets tab Tribe's Callaway as new manager

NEW YORK (AP) Looking for a fresh voice to shepherd their prized arms, the Mets found it in new manager Mickey Callaway.

New York agreed to a three-year contract Sunday with the Cleveland Indians pitching coach, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

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Dodgers expect SS Seager to play Game 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Look for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to be back in the Los Angeles lineup when the World Series begins.

The All-Star didn't play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury.

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Astros: Woeful to AL champs in 4 years

HOUSTON (AP) Just four years ago, the Houston Astros weren't just bad, they were embarrassing - so embarrassing that many dubbed them the "Lastros."

Now Houston is heading to its second World Series in franchise history after beating the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, and its time as the league's laughingstock seems like a distant memory.

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Dodgers spend down time learning Astros

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers love their analytics, collecting so much data that manager Dave Roberts proudly proclaims: "I don't see any team that's more prepared than we are."

All the numbers, video and advanced scouting reports are great. But firsthand looks are nice, too.

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Cubs fire pitching coach Bosio

CHICAGO (AP) Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs' pitching coach after six seasons.

A person familiar with the situation says the team said the team will not pick up his contract option for next season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.

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ALCS MVP Verlander's decision pays off

HOUSTON (AP) That last-second decision by Justin Verlander has turned out perfectly for the Houston Astros.

An MVP indeed.

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Giants reassign Righetti to front office

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochy's field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans.

The club announced Righetti's role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations.

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Sabathia unable to save Yanks this time

HOUSTON (AP) CC Sabathia doesn't sound like he wants to be finished with the New York Yankees, even though they are done this season.

"I feel like this is a young team, and we will turn this into something great," Sabathia said. "This is my home, and I want to see this thing through."

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