BOSTON — Stephen Drew is moving to Boston to restart what once looked like a promising career.
The former first-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks was derailed by a serious ankle injury in 2011. He was traded last season to Oakland after returning from the injury and agreed to a $9.5-million, one-year contract to play with the Red Sox in 2013.
His older brother, J.D., played five seasons with the Red Sox and earned a World Series title with Boston in 2007
NEW YORK — Free agent slugger Hideki Matsui has retired from professional baseball, saying he is no longer able to perform at the level that earned him a World Series MVP with the New York Yankees and three Central League MVPs in Japan.
Matsui announced his retirement Thursday at a news conference in New York that was conducted only in Japanese and broadcast live in his home country.
Nicknamed Godzilla, the 38-year-old Matsui batted .282 with 175 homers and 760 RBIs for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. Before joining the Yankees in 2003, Matsui played 10 seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.
Always cool under pressure, Matsui hit a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium and had six RBIs in his finale with the Yankees — Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.
JOLIET, Ill. — Hall of Fame baseball catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, two months after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield.
Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision and must pay $1,250 in court costs. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling.
Fisk’s attorney, Stephen White, said in Will County court that Fisk wanted to accept responsibility for what he did.
“He stepped up to the plate,” White said.
New Lenox police found Fisk unconscious in the truck on Oct. 22 and said there was an open bottle of vodka on the floor. New Lenox is about 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.
MIAMI — John Maine is hoping to return to the majors with the Marlins.
The pitcher has signed a minor league contract with Miami and will compete for the fifth spot in its rotation.
The 31-year-old right-hander had a record of 41-36 with an ERA of 4.35 from 2004 to 2010 with the Orioles and Mets.
His best season was in 2007, when he went 15-10 with the Mets.
This year he went 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 16 games for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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