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Nunez hits 3-run HR, Red Sox win Game 1

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BOSTON (AP) The Fenway Funhouse proved too tricky, too cold and just too much for the beach boys.

Andrew Benintendi, J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox came out swinging in the World Series opener, seizing every advantage in their quirky ballpark to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on a chilly, windy Tuesday night.

Benintendi had four hits, Martinez drove in two early runs and pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez golfed a three-run homer to seal it. The 108-win Red Sox got a solid effort from their bullpen after an expected duel between aces Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw never developed.


Melvin again meets with Mets for GM job

If hired as general manager of the New York Mets, Doug Melvin likely would keep Mickey Callaway as manager.

The former Texas and Milwaukee GM has his second interview Tuesday with the Mets, meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and his son, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. Agent Brodie Van Wagenen and Tampa Bay senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom are also finalists for the job.


Sale, Kershaw chased early in opener

BOSTON (AP) Aces were out early in the World Series, where four-plus innings have become a standard night.

The outings of the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Boston's Chris Sale turned into short stories. Each failed to get an out in the fifth inning Tuesday night, just the fourth time both starting pitchers were chased that early in a Series opener and the first since 2004 - also at Fenway Park.


Roberts receives big cheer at Fenway

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

7:55 p.m.


Ryu hopes to get past road issues

BOSTON (AP) Hyun-Jin Ryu is used to pitching in big moments and on big stages.

Four years before being signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, the South Korean left-hander was on the mound for his home country when it defeated Cuba in the gold medal game of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.


Marlins sign highly touted Mesa brothers

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."


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

PHOENIX (AP) Eduardo Escobar arrived in Arizona via a midseason trade from Minnesota.

He saw enough in two months with the Diamondbacks to know the desert was where he wanted to stay.


Braves RHP McCarthy to be FA - or retire

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon McCarthy, who missed the second half of the season with a knee injury, is eligible to become a free agent if he chooses to continue his career.

Major League Baseball and the players' union have determined McCarthy's conditional team option was not triggered.


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.

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