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December 4, 2012

Red Sox pick up Napoli

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —

Loney found a new home in Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old first baseman hit a combined .249 with six homers and 41 RBIs for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston.

Soria reached a two-year agreement with Texas after missing the entire season for Kansas City because of his second Tommy John surgery. The Royals declined their option on the two-time All-Star for next year.

The first announcement at the meetings podium came from the Hall of Fame, which said its pre-integration panel had elected former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White. They were honored for their achievements before the first half of the 20th century, and increased Cooperstown’s membership to 300.

Ruppert brought Babe Ruth to New York, built Yankee Stadium and transformed the pinstripers into baseball’s most dominant power. He did so much, many people just figured he was already enshrined.

“The family is so thrilled,” great-grand-nephew K. Jacob Ruppert told The Associated Press by phone. “His mark is now indelible.”

“Growing up, I was under the impression that he was inducted sometime in the 1940s or 1950s. But I guess it never happened. Some things in history aren’t appreciated. If it’s not in the here and now, it’s off the radar screen.”

Expanded replay, however, is still important to Major League Baseball.

Commissioner Bud Selig has said he wants to add video reviews for trapped balls and fair-or-foul calls next season. MLB executive Joe Torre said “we’re looking at it” but offered no guarantee that the technology would be in place by then.

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