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BOSTON (AP) —inish the season flopping around on the pitcher’s mound , celebrating another World Series title.All that’s left is for them to figure out who’s at the bottom of the pile.The defending champions head to spring training without a closer after allowing Craig Kimbrel to test the free agent market. The right-hander who saved 48 games in the 2018 regular season and postseason declined a $17.9 million qualifying offer and is still unsigned, but the Boston brass says the budget won’t allow them to spend big money on a closer, even one who is a seven-time All-Star.Joe Kelly, who emerged as one of the team’s more reliable setup men during its run of three straight AL East titles, is also gone after signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.“I know we lost two guys, that we don’t have a proven closer,” baseball boss Dave Dombrowski said. “Sometimes you have to evaluate where you’re going to spend your dollars. We decided to keep back the rest of the core of the club. We like our team a great deal and we think that some of the guys internally can do the job.”Among the possibilities Dombrowski has mentioned for the ninth-inning role are Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes and knuckleballer Steven Wright. Manager Alex Cora has also hinted that he might go without a traditional closer and play matchups.After four championships in 15 seasons, that’s the closest thing to a crisis as the Red Sox attempt to win back-to-back World Series for the first time since 1915-16.Here are some other things to look for when pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, Florida Austin Hedges Jersey , on Feb. 13:OLD LOOK: For the second straight year, the Red Sox are essentially standing pat as they head to spring training. Don’t look for a big splash like last year, when they added J.D. Martinez at the end of February. Trading deadline acquisitions — and World Series heroes — Nathan Eovaldi and Steve Pearce are back after signing new deals.ROOKIES TO WATCH: The organization’s top prospect is third baseman Michael Chavis, who missed 80 games in the minors last year for violating the ban on performance-enhancing drugs. But Rafael Devers is solidly entrenched at third for the big-league club, and Chavis could remain in Triple-A another season to work on his fielding and striking out less.THEY’RE SET: The Red Sox will roll out essentially the same lineup as last year — and why tinker with a team that won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season and then 11 more in October. One change: Starters Chris Sale and David Price won’t be answering questions about whether they can deliver in the postseason.THEY’RE NOT: Second base is the team’s biggest issue, with Dustin Pedroia trying to come back from a knee injury that limited him to just three games in 2018. Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt filled in, with help from Ian Kinsler after the trade deadline. Pedroia says he’ll be ready, but after returning too early last year the team will be careful not to rush him again.ON DECK: The Red Sox open the regular season on the West Coast, starting at Seattle on March 28 and then heading to Oakland and Arizona before returning to Boston to raise their championship flag at Fenway Park on April 9 against the Toronto Blue Jays. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich and Josh Hader, breakout stars during Milwaukee’s surprising run to the NL Championship Series last year Carlos Asuaje Jersey , are managing to look even better in 2019.Yelich became the first MVP to homer in the first three games of the following season, Hader closed things out with an immaculate inning and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Saturday night.After a making a sliding catch in right field for the first out of the game, Yelich got Milwaukee on the board in his first at-bat, sending a hanging slider from Dakota Hudson (0-1) to left for a 1-0 lead.“He’s swinging the bat really good,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Two opposite-field homers in the last two days.”Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas went deep in the third for Milwaukee, spoiling Hudson’s first career major league start after 26 relief appearances as a rookie last season.“Those guys are really strong,” Hudson said. “A lot of veteran hitters over there. They knew what they could do and they took the ball the backside. It wasn’t like they were hitting a ton of mistakes. They knew what they wanted and executed and put a good swing on it.”The right-hander was charged with four runs — three earned — seven hits and two walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings.“He competed really well, he went after it,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “I really appreciate the way he dealt with adversity. He went right back at it. So, it’s a really good trait. Dakota’s going to be more than fine.”Milwaukee right-hander Brandon Woodruff (1-0) held St. Louis to two runs and struck out five over five innings. The Brewers’ bullpen took over from there with four scoreless innings , capped by Hader’s perfect ninth — nine pitches, all fastballs, for three strikeouts.Center fielder Tyler O’Neill was the only player to make contact. He fouled off Hader’s first offering before coming up empty on the next two pitches. Hader drew three straight swings and misses from Dexter Fowler and two more after pinch-hitter Yario Munoz looked at strike one.“It’s as good an inning as you can have,” Counsell said. “You can’t have a better inning than that. He’s had a great start to the season.”Including his two-inning, four-strikeout performance on opening day, Hader has thrown 30 pitches, all of them fastballs.“The way we look at it is, why change something or why try to fix something that’s not broken?” Hader said. “We were just trying to attack the zone and continue to read the swings and what we see. That was one of the big things, continuing to attack with our strengths.”YELICH CHASING HISTORYYelich is the 35th MLB player and first Brewer to homer in three straight games to start a season.The major league record for a home run streak to start a year is four games. Five players have accomplished that feat: Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998) Matt Szczur Jersey , Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016).WONG STAYS HOTCardinals second baseman Kolten Wong recorded his second multihit game Saturday, going 2 for 3 with a double. Through three games, Wong is 6 for 10 with a walk, two home runs and four RBIs.TRAINER’S ROOMCardinals: OF Harrison Bader got a day off after going 2 for 8 with a home run through the first two games of the season. With Bader out, Tyler O’Neill made his first start of the season.Brewers: OF Ryan Braun was left out of the starting lineup but appeared as a pinch-hitter, flying out to left in the sixth.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Michael Wacha is 5-0 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) against Milwaukee, including a 2-0 mark and 3.80 ERA in five appearances (four starts) at Miller Park.Brewers: RHP Corbin Burnes makes his first major league start Sunday in the series finale. Burns opened eyes as a rookie last season, going 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 30 relief appearances then allowing just a pair of runs over nine postseason innings.

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