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Manny Ramirez to play professionally in Japan

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Manny Ramirez to play professionally in Japan

Appartantly being on the Hall of Fame ballot isn't enough for former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez because the 2004 World Series MVP is dusting off the cleats for another go-round, signing with the Kochi Fighting Dogs on Monday.

The right fielder most recently served as a batting consultant to the World Series winning Chicago Cubs, after a turn as a player-coach for the AAA Iowa Cubs in 2014.

Ramirez had 555 career home runs and hit .312 in 19 MLB seasons, but also got in trouble for PED use twice.

The 44-year-old is no spring chicken at this point, so it'll be interesting to see how he fairs in the Shikoku Island League Plus -- a Japanese professional independent league -- after not having played a game since 2014.

Red Sox watch Bruins battle Leafs in Game Six

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Red Sox watch Bruins battle Leafs in Game Six

The Red Sox had a rare day off after a long road trip.

They decided to support the Bruins during their huge matchup with the Maple Leafs.

The next Sox game is tomorrow at 7 p,m. in Toronto against the Blue Jays.

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Red Sox trade LHP Roenis Elias back to Mariners

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Red Sox trade LHP Roenis Elias back to Mariners

The Boston Red Sox have traded left-hander Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for future considerations.

The Red Sox announced the trade Monday.

Elias was 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in Triple-A Pawtucket this season. In 55 major league appearances, he is 15-21 with a 4.20 ERA.

The 29-year-old native of Cuba was originally signed by Seattle as a free agent in 2011. He was sent to Boston four years later in a trade with Carson Smith for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro.

The Red Sox will receive a yet-undetermined player or cash.