Red Sox swept in emotional roller-coaster weekend at Fenway Park | Baseball notebook
Kansas City swept a day-night doubleheader from Boston on Sunday in a disappointing ending to an emotional weekend for the Red Sox. The Red Sox returned...
BOSTON — Kansas City swept a day-night doubleheader from Boston on Sunday in a disappointing ending to an emotional weekend for the Red Sox.
The Red Sox returned on Thursday night to a city still reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings. Friday's game was postponed while police searched for the suspects, and on Saturday the emotion of the pregame ceremony seemed to carry the ballclub to victory.
A more subdued atmosphere — and smaller crowds — greeted the teams on Sunday, but there were still some signs that things had changed: The American flag in left-center field remained at half-staff, Red Sox players wore a "B STRONG" patch on their jerseys and law enforcement officers were cheered whenever they were shown on the scoreboard.
In his first two at-bats on the day game, Jonny Gomes used a bat with the words "Boston Strong" and the names of the four people killed in the bombings and its aftermath. He popped out and grounded out, then said he planned to auction off the bats for charity.
• Right-hander Chad Billingsley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who recalled Stephen Fife from Class AAA Albuquerque to start against Baltimore. Fife allowed four runs on seven hits in 4-2/3 innings.
Billingsley, who had been slated to start, has pain in his right elbow. He finished last season on the DL with right elbow pain and was on the disabled list from March 31 to April 10 with a bruised right index finger. He's 1-0 with a 3.00 earned-run average in two starts this season.
• Colorado placed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
• Cleveland put right-hander Brett Myers on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.