The New York Times has held a minority share in the Boston Red Sox — well, technically its parent company, Fenway Sports Group — for several years. When I first learned this I tried hard to see if their coverage of the Red Sox was at all biased, but I could never find any evidence of it. The sports writing was straight up. The non-sports stuff was all about how fundamental problems facing American society were affecting upwardly mobile Manhattanites, so that was unchanged too.
Anyway, the Times is cashing in on some of the Sox stock. Today it was announced that it has sold 390 units of Fenway Sports Group stock, which represented more than half of its holdings in the company, for $117 million. They will continue to own 7.3% of FSG.
No word on what they’re going to invest their profits in. Might be wise to invest in a better means of protecting people from navigating around their pay wall. I’ve had a harder time making it from my living room to the john than I have getting their premium content for free. No matter the case, the Times will no doubt be ON IT.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.