Cora cel­e­brates World Se­ries ti­tle in Puerto Rico

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports -

Hun­dreds of arms stretched into the sky in the home­town of Bos­ton Red Sox man­ager Alex Cora as fans took pic­tures and video of the first per­son from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship.

Cora held up the tro­phy that he had been cradling in his arms as he ar­rived in Caguas with chair­man Tom Werner, pitch­ers David Price and Ed­uardo Ro­driguez and catcher Chris­tian Vazquez, among oth­ers.

The Red Sox say they haven’t de­cided whether they will visit the White House if in­vited by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. Cora said if that hap­pens, it of­fers what he called a “huge plat­form.”

“I know what it rep­re­sents, and I think I’ve done a good job so far rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try and Lati­nos, and if as an or­ga­ni­za­tion we de­cided to go, I’ll use this plat­form the right way,” he said. “I’m not go­ing to em­bar­rass the or­ga­ni­za­tion, or my coun­try or my­self.”

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Na­tion­als: For­mer Car­di­nals re­liever Trevor Rosen­thal signed a one-year con­tract with a con­di­tional op­tion for 2020. He hasn’t pitched since 2017 af­ter un­der­go­ing Tommy John surgery. Rosen­thal, 28, is a hard-throw­ing right-han­der with 121 ca­reer saves in the ma­jors, all with St. Louis.

Tigers: Detroit claimed re­liever Jose Fer­nan­dez and in­fielder Bran­don Dixon off waivers. Fer­nan­dez, 25, made his ma­jor league de­but this year with Toronto, post­ing a 6.10 ERA in 13 re­lief ap­pear­ances. Dixon, 26, made his big league de­but with Cincin­nati, hit­ting .178 this year in 74 games. Reds: Pitcher Jairo Capel­lan was killed and two other Reds mi­nor lea­guers were in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent Satur­day morn­ing in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. Dick Wil­liams, the Reds’ pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions, con­firmed Capel­lan’s death and said pitcher Raul Her­nan­dez was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and out­fielder Emilio Garcia in sta­ble con­di­tion. Capel­lan was 19, the same age as the two in­jured play­ers. All three played on the Reds’ rookie team in the Do­mini­can Sum­mer League.

Right-handed re­liever Matt Bow­man, who ap­peared in a club-high 75 games for the Car­di­nals in 2017 but spent much of this sea­son on the dis­abled list with fin­ger blis­ters and cir­cu­la­tory is­sues, was claimed on waivers by Cincin­nati. Bow­man, 27, had an 0-2 record and 6.26 ERA in 2018.

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