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Updated: Bard's friend found unharmed


Updated: Bard's friend found unharmed

By Maureen Mullen

Sunday update:

DETROIT -- Daniel Bard's childhood friend Matt Hill, whose disappearance last week prompted the Red Sox reliever to ask Saturday for public help in finding him, is "alive and unharmed," according to a Facebook page that was set up to aid the search.

The cryptic postings Sunday morning, however, shed little light into the incident.

"Matt Hill has been found and is alive. We do not have many more details to share at this time," was the first post, which went on the site at approximately 8:30 a.m. A bit later, a second post read: "We need to clarify. We confirm Matt has been found and is alive and unharmed. He also left on his own will. We don't have any answers. We praise God he is alive, but ask you continue to pray."

A total of 10,004 "liked" the page on Facebook, many of them presumably responding to Bard's public plea.

The original story:

DETROIT Daniel Bard usually talks to or texts with his childhood friend Matt Hill every couple of weeks. The Red Sox reliever keeps in touch with Hill as much as he does with any of the guys he grew up with.

Bard and Hill, an Indians fan, exchanged texts Monday before the start of the Sox' three-game series in Cleveland. Hill, a groomsman in Bards wedding, gave Bard some good-natured flak.

That was the last time Bard heard from Hill.

Hill, the director for Campus Outreach at George Washington University, has been missing since Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C. He was last dropping off a student he mentors and no one has seen or heard from him since. Hills debit card was charged at a gas station around 11:30.

It would be very unlike Hill to simply disappear, Bard said.

Extremely out of character, Bard said. Hes one of the most positive, outgoing, happy people Ive ever met and Im not just saying that. I think anyone whos met him would say that. He loves his job, loves the people he works with. Hes not married, nothing tying him down, nothing to run from. So thats why this all seems so strange. Hes a clean-cut guy, one of my best friends growing up, never done a drug in his life. So, were 99 percent sure that something external was involved.

And thats what makes the situation so difficult for Bard.

Its not easy, Bard said. I think the toughest day was Thursday, the day I found out about it, because it just kind of hit as a shock and now its become kind of a . . . mystery were all trying to figure out. Theres so few clues that weve seen. So we're just trying to figure out. Im trying to figure out myself. Guys on the team have been great, supportive, talking to me about it.

I havent considered leaving the team or anything, but at the same time I dont think I can go two minutes without thinking about it. But Ive done as much as I can to help, including trying to get you guys the media involved a little bit. Theyre trying to keep some things close to the chest as far as the investigation goes, but I . . . think you can spread his name and his story and his car information out and I think we need to get that information out as much as possible.

There has been some misinformation given out, one being that Hills car has been found. It has not.

Here is the basic information. A Facebook page has been set up to share information at: http:www.facebook.comfindmatthill

Matt Hill:
Last Seen Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Near Verizon Center, Washington DC, around 10:30 am

Last seen driving a
1996 Black Honda Civic LX
Car missing too

Please contact with any information you might have:

Family Contact: Holger Hill 704-839-9699
DC Metro Office Contact: RW Kennedy- 202-715-7300 (precinct number)
Detective McClam: 202-730-1903
Missing Persons Case 073-157
Detective in Montgomery County: Rod Stevens

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen

Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0


Astros beat Yankees in Game 7 to advance to World Series, 4-0

HOUSTON - Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

Red Sox reportedly make offer to Cora

UPDATE: The deal is for three years, per Ken Rosenthal.

BOSTON — We’re just waiting on an announcement now.

A pair of national reports on Saturday afternoon, one from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal... 

...And another from MLB Network and's Jon Heyman...

have firmed up Alex Cora’s expected hiring as Red Sox manager. Both reported that Cora, the Astros bench coach, is expected to take the job once Houston's season ends, which could come as soon as Saturday night after Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. 

Heyman reported a contract offer has already been made to Cora. 

A baseball source said this week that there was “not a doubt” Cora, the Astros bench coach, would wind up with the Red Sox gig. It’s unclear when exactly the offer was made to him, but one had not been made as of midday Wednesday, the source said. 

Cora, 41, a former Red Sox infielder (2005-08) who's also worked in the media and is the most sought-after managerial candidate at the moment, appeared the front-runner since the outset of what proved a small search for the Red Sox.

Earlier, Boston Globe reported that the Washington Nationals were interested in Cora after they fired Dusty Baker on Friday.