Red Sox ac­quire ace leftie Chris Sale from White Sox

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

oxon hill, md.» No sur­prise that Chris Sale got traded — it was time to go. The real shocker? That the Red Sox swooped in to snag the left-han­der.

The reload­ing Red Sox pulled off the big­gest deal yet at the win­ter meet­ings, ac­quir­ing the dom­i­nant ace from the White Sox on Tues­day for a pack­age of four prospects.

“The abil­ity to get a Chris Sale doesn’t come along very often,” Boston pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Dave Dom­browski said.

Sale, 27, joins an al­ready tal­ented ro­ta­tion with the AL East cham­pi­ons, now pitch­ing along­side 2016 AL Young Award win­ner Rick Por­cello, for­mer win­ner David Price and knuck­le­baller Steven Wright. He leaves be­hind a shred­ded rep­u­ta­tion in Chicago, sus­pended by the team last sum­mer af­ter he flew into a rage and cut up retro uni­forms that club was sup­posed to wear.

Sale has been an All-Star in each of the last five sea­sons, fin­ish­ing high in Cy Young Award vot­ing ev­ery time, but has never played in the post­sea­son. To get him, Boston traded four mi­nor lea­guers: high-priced third base­man Yoan Mon­cada, con­sid­ered by many the top young tal­ent in base­ball, along with pitch­ers Michael Kopech and Vic­tor Diaz, and out­fielder Luis Basabe.

Boston also landed the setup man they wanted, ac­quir­ing right-han­der Tyler Thorn­burg from the Brew­ers in a trade that in­cluded in­fielder Travis Shaw.

Mil­wau­kee also got mi­nor-league in­fielder Mauri­cio Dubon, mi­nor-league right-han­der Josh Pen­ning­ton and a player to be named or $100.

Yanks will re­tire No. 2

B new york» Derek Jeter’s No. 2 is be­ing re­tired, the last of the Yan­kees’ sin­gle dig­its.

The Yan­kees said the num­ber will be re­tired May 14 be­fore a Mother’s Day game, and a plaque in his honor will be un­veiled in Mon­u­ment Park dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

Jeter’s num­ber is the 21st re­tired by the team. He won five World Se­ries ti­tles and was a 14-time All-Star dur­ing a 20-sea­son ca­reer that ended in 2014, and he is sixth in ca­reer hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yan­kees records for hits, games (2,747), at­bats (11,195), dou­bles (544) and stolen bases (358).

Smith sets a first

B oxon hill, md.» Claire Smith is the first woman to win the J.G. Tay­lor Spink Award for mer­i­to­ri­ous con­tri­bu­tions to base­ball writ­ing and will be hon­ored dur­ing the Hall of Fame’s in­duc­tion week­end in July in Coop­er­stown, N.Y.

The 62-year-old Smith cov­ered the New York Yan­kees for the Hart­ford Courant for five years start­ing in 1983 and was a colum­nist for The New York Times from 1991-98 and The Philadel­phia In­quirer from 19982007.

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