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Marlins sign highly touted Mesa brothers

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MIAMI (AP) When newly signed Miami Marlins prospect Victor Victor Mesa was asked Monday how soon he'll be in the major leagues, Derek Jeter leaned over with a smile and a word of caution for the young Cuban.

"Cuidado," Jeter said - Spanish for "watch out."

The futures of Mesa and his younger brother, Victor Jr., may be difficult to project, but the Marlins eagerly signed both outfielders. They left Cuba last spring to pursue major league careers, and their contracts were announced at a news conference Monday at Marlins Park.


Ryu, Price named Game 2 starters

BOSTON (AP) The Latest on the World Series (all times local):

6:15 p.m.


Reds name Cincinnati native Bell manager

CINCINNATI (AP) David Bell buttoned his Reds jersey with the No. 25, the same one worn by his grandfather and his father. Buddy Bell stood in the back of the room, watching the scene as a proud papa. In the front row was young Gus Bell, named for the grandfather who was a star in Cincinnati.

The Reds reached into their family roots for their next manager, one who is expected to help lead the club out of its rebuilding doldrums.


D-backs sign Escobar to 3-yr., $21M deal

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed infielder Eduardo Escobar to a three-year, $21 million contract.

Arizona acquired the switch-hitting Escobar from Minnesota on July 27 for three minor league prospects. Between the two teams, the 29-year-old infielder set career highs in home runs (23), doubles (48), walks (52), runs (75), games (151), hits (154) and total bases (277).


Mets narrow GM search to 3 candidates

NEW YORK (AP) Agent Brodie Van Wagenen interviewed Monday to switch sides and become general manager of the New York Mets and is among three finalists along with former Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin and Tampa Bay senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom.

The 44-year-old Van Wagenen has been co-head of CAA Baseball since 2010 and is familiar to the Mets as the representative for Yoenis Cespedes and others.


Angels' Ausmus vows to be modern manager

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) During 18 major league seasons as a catcher and four more as a manager, Brad Ausmus developed a strong gut instinct about nearly everything that happens on a baseball field.

While spending the past year out of a dugout, Ausmus developed a deeper understanding of how traditional beliefs aren't always correct.


Machado to remain villain at Fenway Park

BOSTON (AP) - Most players are questioned ahead of their World Series debuts. Manny Machado was cross-examined.

October's villain is especially despised at Fenway Park for planting his spikes into Dustin Pedroia in April 2017 . The Boston second baseman hasn't been the same.


Game 1 to be cold one but rain-free

BOSTON (AP) Hooting and hollering, Chris Taylor and a couple of Dodgers took aim at the Green Monster. With their arms, not bats.

Standing in left field, they kept throwing balls at a small, square space in the scoreboard, shouting every time a miss clanged off the metal letters.


Red Sox LHP Sale pitching for ring

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale would rather talk about the ring he can win as a World Series champion instead of the almost certainly nonexistent navel ring that - he maintains with a straight face - scratched him from a start in the last round.

The Red Sox left-hander will belly up to the mound to start Game 1 against Los Angeles on Tuesday night, 10 days after his last outing and nine after he was hospitalized with what the team called a "stomach illness."

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