When Pablo Sandoval chose to leave the San Francisco Giants for the Boston Red Sox in free agency, he talked about wanting “new challenges.” Maybe that meant hitting homers over the Green Monster. But maybe it also meant hitting half-court basketball shots from his butt: This appears to be part of his offseason training regimen, and apparently it’s repeatable, because Sandoval did it again the very next day: Yes, the Kung Fu Panda has apparently become some sort of basketball trick-shot master since the Red Sox made him a $100 million man .┬áMaybe he’s spent his need-new-challenges winter watching Dude Perfect videos . You know, their slogan is “five best friends and a panda.” BLS H/N : Cut4 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross. With the deal Tuesday night, the Rangers got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn’t sign after being picked by them out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft. ”He is a guy we like, we’ve liked for a long time,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels said on a call from the Dominican Republic. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.

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NBA Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott anticipates losing the third-leading scorer in NBA history for the rest of the year. ”He’s a trooper, so we pray for him that his return will be sooner rather than later.” Bryant’s torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee.

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(Reuters) – Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette has died of leukemia at the age of 78, the Boston Red Sox said on their website. Monbouquette pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1958-65. He threw a no-hitter in 1962 and is ranked 10th in franchise strikeouts with 969. The right-hander, who later played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1968, had a career 114-112 win-loss record and a 3.68 ERA. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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Nori Aoki is offering a bold challenge to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, one of his new San Francisco Giants teammates. Aoki brings more than just a big personality and sense of humor to the World Series champions. Manager Bruce Bochy is projecting him as the team’s starting left fielder, while noting Aoki’s versatility allows him to fill in for Angel Pagan in center field and Hunter Pence in right as needed. Pagan will begin spring training next month as the leadoff hitter, another job Aoki can handle with his speed and ability to steal bases.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a $4 million, one-year contract with a vesting option, a deal subject to a successful physical before it can be finalized. Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, a switch-hitter who signed as a free agent. Gomes, 34, hit only .234 with a career-low six homers for Boston and Oakland last year.

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Free agent right-hander Ryan Vogelsong reached agreement Friday on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants. Vogelsong passed a physical and reached the deal three days after general manager Brian Sabean said Vogelsong was close to joining another team – thought to be the Houston Astros. The 37-year-old adds depth to a rotation that features ace Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy, Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, who is working back from elbow surgery that ended his season in July.

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A Montana man has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to federal wildlife violations while leading former Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs on a 2009 sheep hunt in Alaska. Tuesday’s plea agreement by Jason Kummerfeldt, 45, of Billings, Montana, completed the 16th and final case against employees and clients of a now-closed Anchorage guiding business, Fair Chase Hunts, authorities said. Kummerfeldt also was ordered not to hunt or accompany hunters for six months. Kummerfeldt was an assistant guide when he took Boggs on a hunt in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in August 2009, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://is.gd/3KkW90 ).

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