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Marlins sign highly touted Mesa brothers

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MIAMI (AP) Top international free agent Victor Victor Mesa and younger brother, Victor Jr., both outfielders from Cuba, have signed with the Miami Marlins.

The agreements were announced at a news conference Monday. The Mesas were recently declared free agents by Major League Baseball, and the Marlins had been widely viewed as front-runners to sign them.

Victor Victor Mesa recently posted an Instagram showing him and his brother sitting in the Marlins' clubhouse holding a Cuban flag. Behind them were Marlins jerseys bearing their names.


Ausmus named manager of Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Brad Ausmus was named the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Sunday, moving from the front office to the dugout to replace longtime skipper Mike Scioscia.

General manager Billy Eppler announced the hiring of Ausmus, who served as Eppler's special assistant last season after four years as the Detroit Tigers' manager.


Reds name Cincinnati native Bell manager

CINCINNATI (AP) David Bell has been hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, tasked with helping turn around a team that skidded to a 67-95 record and last-place finish in the NL Central.

The Reds said Sunday he has been given a three-year contract that includes a team option for 2022. The 46-year-old Cincinnati native is to be introduced at a news conference Monday.


Dodgers, BoSox are unfamiliar opponents

Sandy Koufax, Jackie Robinson and the Boys of Summer. Ted Williams to Yaz and the Impossible Dream.

Manny Ramirez. Pedro Martinez. Bill Buckner.


Roberts back in Boston for World Series

BOSTON (AP) In the souvenir store across from Fenway Park, it will set you back $100 for a framed, autographed photo of "The Steal," Dave Roberts' stolen base in the 2004 AL Championship Series that kick-started the Red Sox comeback against the New York Yankees and ended Boston's 86-year title drought.

"We used to have a big panorama of it," the clerk, Nick Fosman, said, "but we sold out of them a while ago."


Cora puts players 1st during playoff run

BOSTON (AP) When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first.

It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League and as bench coach for the Houston Astros during their World Series title run last season.


Taylor does it all for Dodgers in NLCS

MILWAUKEE (AP) Chris Taylor is sparking Los Angeles with his bat and his glove, just like old times.

Only this October, the do-it-all Dodger is looking to finish the job.


Youthful Brewers look to bright future

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers think they're just getting started.

Sure looks that way, too.


Dodgers' Bellinger wins NLCS MVP

MILWAUKEE (AP) Cody Bellinger is the MVP of the NL Championship Series.

All it took was a couple of big swings.

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