Melky Cabrera returns from the disabled list

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John Lott of the National Post reports that Melky Cabrera has been activated from the disabled list and is back in Toronto’s starting lineup — batting fifth and playing left field — on Sunday vs. the Rays.

Cabrera was out for seven weeks with tendinitis in his left knee. Some knee discomfort still remains, but he feels well enough to attempt to play through it.

Melky is batting just .278/.321/.362 with three home runs and 29 RBI through 78 games this season for Toronto. The 28-year-old signed a two-year, $16 million free agent contract in December 2012.

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.