An underperforming team had alienated Red Sox Nation. With Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford gone, fewer fans are holding their noses.
R.A. Dickey picked up his 16th win, and the Mets scored more than two runs in a game for the first time since Aug. 17 to snap a six-game losing streak.
Scott Radinsky has been introspective since the Indians fired him 111 games into the season, his first season as pitching coach.
Brandon McCarthy pitched seven solid innings as Oakland moved to a season-high 12 games over .500.
Roger Clemens started a game for the first time since 2007, pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.
More than 95 percent of Knicks season-ticket holders have renewed their plans during the off-season, while more than 90 percent of Rangers season-ticket holders have already done so, according to the teams.
A successful off-season, including an Olympic gold medal, has the veteran Carmelo Anthony excited for the Knicks’ training camp.
This year, Anthony Davis has won an N.C.A.A. title, was the top pick in the N.B.A. draft and won an Olympic gold medal with the United States team in London.