For 40 years, Pawtucket resident Mike Shloul has lived within walking distance of McCoy Stadium, where the PawSox have played home games since 1973. ”I felt like somebody died,” Shloul said of hearing the news that the Pawtucket Red Sox are leaving and might be headed to the neighboring capital city of Providence. The team, he said, is ”part of the culture in Pawtucket.” The expected departure of the Triple-A baseball club takes away one of few bright spots from an old mill town that has never fully recovered from the Great Depression, officials in the Rhode Island city said Tuesday. ”To take the economic activity out of the city’s income stream is a severe blow,” said Robert Billington, a local tourism official who said he was shocked to learn the team’s new owners want to leave.

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Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis have been hired by Chicago Cubs’ executive Theo Epstein, their old boss on the Boston Red Sox. After serving as a player-coach for Triple-A Iowa during the second half of last season, Ramirez was announced Tuesday as the Cubs’ hitting consultant. ”Manny got rave reviews from everybody he worked with, from the young hitters he helped influence to the coaches he spent a lot of time around,” said Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. ”He did a great job of fitting in and sharing his wisdom and experience while being a good influence.” Suspended by Major League Baseball in 2009 and 2011 for performance-enhancing drugs, Ramirez made a positive impression with Epstein last summer.

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says he is looking forward to working with new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox to consider moving the team to a few miles south to Rhode Island’s largest city.

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For the Minnesota Twins, spring training has become a much fancier place. Renovations to Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers were ceremonially opened to the public on Sunday, as Twins standouts Joe Mauer, Glen Perkins, Brian Dozier and Torii Hunter posed for pictures and fans toured the spruced-up seating areas and added amenities. There’s new space for weight training and injury rehabilitation, too, which means no more golf-cart rides down the service road to pump iron at the minor league compound. For the Twins organization, though, the centerpiece of the nearly $50 million project was the minor league player development academy.

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When people from Boston to San Francisco started criticizing Pablo Sandoval this week because of his belly , his new Red Sox teammates proved they have his back. Hanley Ramirez, another Red Sox offseason acquisition, posted a picture Friday showing himself, Sandoval and pitcher Joe Kelly all in a “Panda pose” — leaning back like Sandoval was in the infamous infield-practice pic that restarted all the “Fat Panda” talk. Joe Kelly and I, perfecting our #PandaPose LOL @RedSox @RedSoxBeisbol #RedSoxNation #2015GonnaBeFun pic.twitter.com/b8IM3HPXtB — Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) February 20, 2015 [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Here’s the original photo that caused people to trash Sandoval. He said Thursday the photo  caught him at a “bad angle” and he vowed, “I will prove who I am on the field .” Safe to say Pablo Sandoval didn’t miss too many meals this offseason [cough] #redsox #worst2firstround2 pic.twitter.com/zN0ZHUYEXG — Steve Silva (@stevesilva) February 17, 2015 We’ve already seen at-home pundits proclaiming that Sandoval and his $95 million contract are going to be a bust, even though his weight has been an issue throughout his career. Even in the spring. Keep in mind that Red Sox position players haven’t even officially reported for spring training yet, so Sandoval’s in camp early putting in extra work. But the lesson remains: New city, new fans, new expectations. 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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Rather than proceed through the 2015 season with a degree of uncertainty surrounding its leadership, the Boston Red Sox have guaranteed stability by agreeing to contract extensions with manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington . The extensions were both learned on Saturday, though it’s reported Cherington’s new deal was finalized last season. As for Farrell, his extension comes on the heels of a disappointing 71-91 season that saw Boston finish last in the AL East, 25 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. Of course, in Farrell’s first season in Boston in 2013, the Red Sox were crowned World Series champions, so a reprieve was in order.  [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] As you might recall, Farrell was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he accumulated a 154-170 over two seasons as manager, in a trade for infielder Mike Aviles. He replaced Bobby Valentine, who was an unmitigated disaster during his one season with Boston. The Red Sox finished 69-93 in 2012, a full 26 games behind the New York Yankees. Under Farrell, they jumped to 97 wins and then dispatched the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals during the postseason. Farrell was to have one guaranteed year remaining on his contract entering 2015, with a club option for 2016. According to Alex Speier of the Boston Globe , Farrell is now locked up through the 2017 season, with an option for 2018. Financial details were not revealed on Saturday, but the press conference did take an interesting turn when Cherington’s pre-existing extension was casually revealed.  

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have extended manager John Farrell’s contract through the 2017 season, with a team option for 2018.

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Joe Maddon is already putting his imprint on the Chicago Cubs, from what they hear to how they wear their hair. The new manager has been meeting with his team and getting to know his players at spring training – not that they needed much of an introduction. Everyone I’ve spoken with loved playing for him,” said reliever Jason Motte, who signed with the Cubs in December.

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For the first time in a while, the Detroit Tigers may not be favored to win the AL Central. After four consecutive division titles, the Tigers still have a star-studded roster, but they have started to show some signs of vulnerability. Detroit edged the Royals by one game last year, but it was Kansas City that went to the World Series, while Baltimore swept the Tigers in the AL Division Series. Here are a few things to watch at spring training for the Tigers: HOBBLED SLUGGERS Miguel Cabrera is coming off ankle surgery, and Victor Martinez recently had an operation on his knee.

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