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Red Sox hire Dave Dombrowski as president of baseball operations; Ben Cherington out

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Big news out of Boston. According to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, the Red Sox have hired Dave Dombrowski to be their new president of baseball operations. Dombrowski was let go by the Tigers two weeks ago after a highly successful 13-year tenure as Detroit’s general manager.

Ben Cherington, who has served as Boston’s general manager since Theo Epstein left for the Chicago Cubs in October 2011, will now step down from that role. He was offered the opportunity to continue working as the club’s general manager underneath Dombrowski but declined. Cherington said Tuesday night that he will help Dombrowski with the transition.

Cherington led the Red Sox to a World Series title in 2013, but 2014 brought a 71-91 record and this winter’s retooling hasn’t solved the problem. Entering play Tuesday, the 2015 Red Sox stood 52-66.

Dombrowski won four straight AL Central championships with the Tigers from 2011-2014.

He worked under current Red Sox owner John Henry when Henry owned the Marlins.

Video: Jordan Spieth throws out first pitch at Rangers game

PGA Championship - Final Round
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Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, threw out the first pitch Tuesday in Arlington

That’s pretty good form from the 22-year-old. Spieth finished second at last weekend’s PGA Championship, won the 2015 Masters and the 2015 U.S. Open, and finished tied for fourth at the 2015 British Open.

Rangers acquire outfielder Will Venable from Padres

Will Venable
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Via the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, John Blake

Venable was thought to be available at the July 31 trade deadline, but nothing wound up happening. Now he heads to Texas in a waiver trade. The outfielder showed great promise in 2013, tallying 22 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 151 games, but he’s batted just .238/.300/.347 over the last two seasons.

Venable was the longest-tenured player on the Padres, per MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

He’ll give the Rangers depth while Josh Hamilton recovers from a lingering knee injury.