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Italy high court nixes arrest warrant for Vatican suspect

Oct. 13, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s highest court has annulled an arrest warrant for a key suspect in the Vatican’s fraud and extortion trial, his lawyers said Wednesday, putting into question whether and when he might be extradited from Britain. In a decision Tuesday, the Court...

Despite early playoff exit, future remains bright for Rays

Oct. 12, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Three consecutive playoff appearances, back-to-back AL East titles and a trip to the World Series. The Tampa Bay Rays have a lot to feel good about, even if the best regular season in franchise history was followed by a loss to Boston in the...

Walk it off: Red Sox eliminate Rays 6-5 with late sac fly

Oct. 12, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Back in raucous Fenway Park for postseason baseball a year after a last-place finish, the Boston Red Sox are getting the bounces, knocking big hits in bunches and even benfiting from a little small ball. Hardly a perfect team, even by their own estimation,...

Rays' remarkable season comes to sudden end at Fenway Park

Oct. 12, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Put the popcorn away for the winter at Tropicana Field. The AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays saw their record-setting season come to a sudden end Monday night when they lost to the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in Game 4 of their Division Series and were eliminated...

Ground Rule Trouble: Red Sox bounce Rays in 13 on odd call

Oct. 11, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier’s line drive sailed over right fielder Hunter Renfroe’s head and bounced off the short wall in front of the Boston bullpen and back onto the warning track. It ricocheted off Renfroe and into the air. The Red Sox right fielder waved at...

Red Sox flex muscles, power past Rays 14-6 to even ALDS 1-1

Oct. 09, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston slugger J.D. Martinez wasn't sure how well he'd run, but he thought his sprained left ankle would be OK in the batter's box Friday. Lucky for him, the Red Sox took their time rounding the bases all night while turning an early deficit...

Arozarena shines, Rays blank Red Sox 5-0 in ALDS opener

Oct. 08, 2021 02:57 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Randy Arozarena is off and running in October again. The rookie showstopper became the first player to hit a home run and steal home in a postseason game, propelling the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in their AL...

A look at the 16 potential World Series matchups

Oct. 07, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

If the first two days are any indication, this is going to be quite a postseason. Four of baseball's most storied franchises played in the wild-card games, with the Red Sox beating the Yankees and then the Dodgers eliminating the Cardinals on Chris Taylor's ninth-inning...

A capsule look at the Red Sox-Rays playoff series

Oct. 06, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

A capsule look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays: ___ Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at St. Petersburg, Fla., 8:07 p.m. (FS1); Game 2, Friday, at St. Petersburg, Fla., 7:02...

Defending AL champ Rays poised to open ALDS against Red Sox

Oct. 06, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have won more games than any other team in the American League over the past two seasons, going about their business with a quiet confidence that has the full attention of the Boston Red Sox. The AL East rivals meet in a...