Trump honors Red Sox; some players boycott
President Donald Trump honored the World Series champion Boston Red Sox – well, some of them – at the White House on Thursday, but made no mention of the controversy that shadowed the visit.
The team’s manager, Alex Cora, did not attend the ceremony after citing his frustration with the administration’s efforts to help his native Puerto Rico recover from a devastating hurricane. And nearly a dozen members of the team, all players of color, skipped the opportunity to shake Trump’s hand. Meanwhile, every white player on the team – as well as outfielder J.D. Martinez, who is of Cuban descent – attended.
The Red Sox repeatedly denied there was any sort of racial divide caused by the White House visit, and there was no sign of discord during the rained-upon ceremony on the White House South Lawn.
The day was not without mishaps: The White House first incorrectly labeled the team as the “Red Socks” on its website and then later, in an email, dubbed them the champions of something called the “World Cup Series.”
Courts: Former majorleague pitcher Bobby Jenks has agreed to accept a $5.1 million settlement from Massachusetts General Hospital and a doctor he says caused his career-ending spine injury. The Boston Globe reports that Jenks reached an out-of-court settlement Wednesday with the Boston hospital and the doctor the day before his medical malpractice suit was scheduled to start.
Giants: Catcher Buster Posey was placed on the seven-day concussion list after a foul ball hit his helmet on Sunday.
Mets: Left-hander Steven Matz was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sunday, with radial nerve discomfort in his left forearm. Nationals: Washington signed veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra to a oneyear deal. To make room on the active roster, outfielder Andrew Stevenson was placed on the 10-day injured list. Pirates: Relief pitcher Keone Kela was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation. Rays: Outfielder Austin Meadows is expected to be activated for Friday’s series opener against the Yankees.
Indians 5, White Sox 0 (6): Carlos Carrasco held visiting Chicago to two hits, Jordan Luplow hit his first two home runs of the season and Cleveland won in a game called after five innings following a rain delay of 2 hours, 34 minutes. Cubs 4, Marlins 1: Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered and host Chicago beat Miami for its 10th win in 11 games. Bryant sparked a two-run first with his sixth homer in 12 games. Rizzo connected for the sixth time in 11 games with a tworun drive in the fifth against Trevor Richards. Yankees 3, Mariners 1: J.A. Happ and four relievers combined on a twohitter, Cameron Maybin flared a two-out RBI double in the second and host New York beat visiting Seattle. The Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.
President Donald Trump, left, holds a Red Sox jersey that was presented to him by outfielder J.D. Martinez, right, at the White House on Thursday.