Trump hon­ors Red Sox; some players boy­cott

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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.”

No­table

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.

Thurs­day high­lights

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.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS AP

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.

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