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Braves' Flowers to return, Dickey won't

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have declined their $8 million option on 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey for 2018 and exercised their option on catcher Tyler Flowers.

Dickey was the Braves' most consistent starter this season, going 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts. He said at the end of the season he would meet with his family before deciding if he would pitch in 2018.

Flowers, 31, will return for his third season with Atlanta after hitting a career-best .281 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Oct. 9 and is expected to be ready for spring training.


Red Sox hire Houston's Cora as manager

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox hired Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora as manager Sunday, turning to a player from their 2007 World Series championship roster to help the team out of its current playoff slump.

"Returning to the Red Sox and the city of Boston is a dream come true for me and my family," Cora said in a statement released by the team. "I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning another championship for this city and its great fans."


Mets tab Tribe's Callaway as new manager

NEW YORK (AP) Looking for a fresh voice to shepherd their prized arms, the Mets found it in new manager Mickey Callaway.

New York agreed to a three-year contract Sunday with the Cleveland Indians pitching coach, according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.


Dodgers expect SS Seager to play Game 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Look for Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager to be back in the Los Angeles lineup when the World Series begins.

The All-Star didn't play in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs because of a back injury.


Astros: Woeful to AL champs in 4 years

HOUSTON (AP) Just four years ago, the Houston Astros weren't just bad, they were embarrassing - so embarrassing that many dubbed them the "Lastros."

Now Houston is heading to its second World Series in franchise history after beating the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, and its time as the league's laughingstock seems like a distant memory.


Roberts has Dodgers headed toward title

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Roberts' first two years as the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager have gone by in an action-packed blur.

He has watched 195 regular-season wins and survived one awful losing skid. He has won two NL West titles, three playoff series and a pennant. He persevered through his father's death with almost no time to grieve last spring, determined to keep his team pointed toward its championship goal.


Tough finish after Yankees' surprise '17

NEW YORK (AP) No more chances for another comeback. That's it, the Baby Bombers are out.

After winning their first four elimination games this postseason, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees went down swinging and were knocked out of the playoffs Saturday night with a 4-0 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.


Cubs fire pitching coach Bosio

CHICAGO (AP) Chris Bosio is out as the Chicago Cubs' pitching coach after six seasons.

A person familiar with the situation says the team said the team will not pick up his contract option for next season. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.


ALCS MVP Verlander's decision pays off

HOUSTON (AP) That last-second decision by Justin Verlander has turned out perfectly for the Houston Astros.

An MVP indeed.

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