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MLB notebook: Red Sox receive World Series rings

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By The Associated Press
Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

The Red Sox received their 2013 World Series championship rings.

They were presented Friday during a ceremony that also honored victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and two Boston firefighters who died in a fire last week.

As the ceremony began before the game against Milwaukee, banners for Red Sox championship teams from 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007 and 2013 were lowered from the top of the Green Monster.

Family members of victims who died in the bombing last April and survivors walked in from the left field wall with the rings. Team officials presented them to players and other personnel. Then co-workers from the same station as Lt. Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy walked into center field and stood beside the players.

Group protests against Indians logo

Carrying hand-painted signs that read, “We Are Not Honored,” and “Our Children Are Not Mascots,” a small group of Native Americans demonstrated against the Indians' use of their smiling, Chief Wahoo logo before the team's home opener at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

The protesters, who have been gathering on Opening Day outside the ballpark's entrances for years, stayed behind barricades as Indians fans, many of them wearing the red-faced logo, filed in for the game against the Twins.

Organizers of the protest said they believe they're gaining support because of the growing national debate over sports mascots.

Robert Roche, the executive director of the American Indian Education Center, said the team should abolish the logo permanently because it “mocks us as a race of people.”

The Indians have made Chief Wahoo less visible in recent years, even adding a “Block C” logo. Roche, though, said the team's efforts to minimize Chief Wahoo “are a facade.”

Wrigley renovation options explored

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said the team is examining all options for financing the renovation of Wrigley Field, including bringing in outside investors for the franchise.

Ricketts said potential investors would receive non-controlling, minority shares, and there is no reason to be concerned about the financial state of the club.

Ricketts made his remarks before Friday's home opener against the Phillies.

Around the league

The Indians signed All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis to a six-year, $52.5 million contract extension hours before playing their home opener against Minnesota. The contract runs through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. ... White Sox right-hander Nate Jones was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained muscle in his left hip. ... The Brewers' Ryan Braun was booed by Red Sox fans in his first road game since his 65-game suspension last season. He struck out in the first inning.



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