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Orioles' Chris Davis ends 0-for-54 slide with two-run single vs. Red Sox

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Orioles' Chris Davis ends 0-for-54 slide with two-run single vs. Red Sox

Drink up, Baltimore. Your long regional nightmare is over.

Chris Davis got a hit. And, of course, it came against the Red Sox.

Davis, mired in a record 0-for-54 slump  - the longest such hitless streak since 2011 and longest ever for a position player - lined a 1-and-0 fastball from Rick Porcello (he of the nearly equally ignominious 13.50 ERA coming into the game) for a single to right field in the first inning that not only gave him his first hit since Sept. 14, 2018, it drove in two runs and staked the Orioles to a 2-0 lead at Fenway. He had been 0-for-33 to start 2019.

The O's dugout celebrated and Davis, who slumped to a woeful .168 batting average last season after signing a seven-year, $161 million contract, tipped his cap and asked for the ball after rounding first.

So, Crabtown bars beware.

The previous longest 0-fers were 0-for-45s by infielders Craig Counsell, now the Milwaukee Brewers manager, with the Brew Crew in 2011, and infielder Dave Campbell with the Padres, Cardinals and Astros in 1973.

Davis added an RBI double in the fifth off reliever Heath Hembree to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead.

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Tony La Russa hired by Angels after two seasons with Red Sox

Tony La Russa hired by Angels after two seasons with Red Sox

After spending the last two seasons as ex-Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski's assistant, Tony La Russa is headed out west.

The Los Angeles Angels announced Tuesday they've hired La Russa as their Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations.

La Russa's exit from Boston adds to what's been a complete overhaul of the front office following the firing of Dombrowski. Former Tampa Bay Rays Senior VP of Baseball Operations Chaim Bloom was hired last month to replace Dombrowski with the new title of "Chief Baseball Officer."

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Report: There is 'great skepticism' teams will pay up for Mookie Betts

Report: There is 'great skepticism' teams will pay up for Mookie Betts

The No. 1 Red Sox offseason storyline to keep tabs on this winter is their difficult situation with Mookie Betts.

Betts will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season if he and the Red Sox fail to agree on a contract extension before then. With Boston looking to shed payroll and J.D. Martinez opting into his contract, there's plenty of speculation the superstar right fielder could be traded for a package of top prospects.

But according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there's some doubt that teams interested in Betts will be willing to giving up the farm for one year of the 2018 American League MVP.

Needless to say, new Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom has his work cut out for him.

That work begins this week at the GM meetings in Arizona, where Bloom and the rest of the Red Sox brass aims to get some clarity on which direction the organization is heading for 2020 and beyond. That process, of course, begins with Betts.

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