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Brennan Boesch retires


Outfielder Brennan Boesch has retired, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Boesch wasn’t able to procure a contract this spring and will instead call it quits after spending parts of six seasons in the majors with the Tigers, Reds, Angels, Yankees, and Red Sox.

Boesch, 31, spent his time in the minors with the Red Sox last season and hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2015. In the majors, he hit .250/.303/.400 with 48 home runs and 195 RBI in 1,713 plate appearances. His best year came in 2011, when he had a .799 OPS in 115 games.

Wil Myers hits for the cycle

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Padres first baseman Wil Myers hit for the cycle on Monday night against the Rockies at Coors Field. He singled in the first inning, hit an RBI double in the third, hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth, and completed the cycle with a leadoff triple in the eighth.

Myers is the second player in Padres history to hit for the cycle. The other was Matt Kemp on August 14, 2015 against the Rockies, also at Coors Field.

John Jaso, on September 28 last season with the Pirates against the Cubs, was the last player to hit for the cycle in the majors. Three players in total — Freddie Freeman and Rajai Davis were the others — accomplished the feat last season.

After Monday’s performance, Myers is hitting .382/.382/.794 with three home runs and seven RBI in 34 plate appearances this season.

David Price threw off a mound for the first time since February

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Red Sox starter David Price threw a bullpen on Monday, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports. It marked the first time he threw off a mound to a crouching catcher since February 28, as the lefty has been dealing with an elbow injury.

Price sounded optimistic about the results. He said, “It feels really good right now. So, everything that’s happened the past couple weeks has all been good for my confidence and just the mental aspect of it, so it all feels good.”

Manager John Farrell said Price will throw another bullpen on Wednesday with the goal of increasing the intensity of Price’s pitching. The Red Sox still don’t have a timetable for Price’s recovery, but he isn’t expected to return until May at the earliest, according to Jennings.

Price, 31, is in the second year of a seven-year, $217 million contract signed with the Red Sox in December 2015. He was hoping to rebound from a disappointing first season — by his standards — with the Red Sox, as he finished with a 3.99 ERA in 35 starts.