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Home plate umpire David Rackley (86) helps Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy up after a foul tip hit Lucroy during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Brewers 6-4. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Jonathan Lucroy cleared to return from concussion

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Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy suffered a concussion when he was hit by a foul tip on September 8 and he was making little progress last week, but Adam McCalvy of reports that he has been officially cleared to return to game action.

Lucroy won’t catch again this season for precautionary reasons. However, he’s available off the bench Thursday and could play some first base over the final week and a half of the season.

This has been a frustrating year for Lucroy, who also missed six weeks during the first half with a broken toe. The 29-year-old was finally looking more like himself prior to the concussion, but he’s batting just .259 with a .712 OPS overall this season. He had an .831 OPS from 2012-2014.

Red Sox name Mike Hazen as their new general manager

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 23: Left to right: Allard Baird, Red Sox Vice President, Player Personnel, and Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen talk with Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell. It was reported today that Cuban super prospect Yoan Moncada had agreed to sign with the team for a record $31.5 million signing bonus. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Red Sox announced Thursday afternoon that they promoted Mike Hazen to be their new general manager. Hazen takes over for Ben Cherington, who resigned after the team hired former Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski as their president of baseball operations last month.

Hazen, a Massachusetts native, has been with the Red Sox organization for a decade in a number of different roles.  He was named senior vice president/assistant general manager this January. The Angels recently interviewed him for their general manager opening.

According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Dombrowski said this afternoon that he had a list of about 30 candidates for the open position. However, he only interviewed Hazen and Astros director of player development Quinton McCracken. He ultimately decided to stay in-house.

While Hazen has the title of GM and will be the pointman as the Red Sox attempt to get back on the winning track, he acknowledged this afternoon that Dombrowski “is going to be making the decisions in the end.”

David Price leads Blue Jays past Yankees in series opener

Toronto Blue Jays' starting pitcher David Price struts backwards after catching a pop fly from New York Yankees' catcher Brian McCann during sixth inning baseball action in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP

Behind seven scoreless innings from David Price and a heck of late-inning escape from Brett Cecil, the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 4-2 on Monday night in the first game of a critical AL East showdown at Rogers Centre.

Price gave up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. The Blue Jays got most of their offense early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Adam Warren didn’t make it out of the fourth inning for New York.

The Yankees finally got something going in the eighth, as Didi Gregorius walked and Dustin Ackley singled off Aaron Sanchez to begin the frame. Cecil took over from there and gave up an RBI single to Jacoby Ellsbury, but the southpaw escaped the jam by striking out Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez, and Brian McCann in succession. Young closer Roberto Osuna gave up a solo homer to Greg Bird with two outs in the ninth, but he was able to finish off the victory for his 17th save.

Price improved to 17-5 with the win and leads the American League with a 2.34 ERA. The southpaw has a 1.95 ERA over 10 starts with the Blue Jays. By the way, four of those starts have been against the Yankees. He has a 1.71 ERA in those outings. Talk about a difference-maker.

The Blue Jays lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games in the American League East with 12 games to play. Their magic number sits at ten.

Video: Red Sox honor David Ortiz for 500th home run

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, left, smiles and points toward Red Sox's David Ortiz as Ortiz takes the microphone during ceremonies held to honor his 500 career home runs before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, at Fenway Park, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
AP Photo/Steven Senne

David Ortiz became the 27th player in MLB history to join the 500-home run club on September 12. After finishing a nine-game road trip, the Red Sox celebrated the accomplishment in a pre-game ceremony tonight at Fenway Park.

Ortiz was presented with a number of gifts, including a luxury SUV which was driven in from the outfield. Inside the vehicle were some of his old buddies, including Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, and Tim Wakefield.

You can watch the ceremony below:

Sean McAdam of has more coverage from Ortiz’s special night.