Video: Chris Sale strikes out Manny Machado to clinch 2018 World Series for Red Sox

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If asked who would close out the clinching game of the World Series for the Red Sox, almost everybody would have answered Craig Kimbrel. If told that Chris Sale would be the one closing it out, almost everybody would have expected Sale to have been finishing out a complete game effort. In a sign of the times, Sale was called on in a closing role with the Red Sox leading the Dodgers 5-1 in the ninth inning of Game 5. He responded by striking out the side, clinching the 2018 World Series for the Red Sox.

Sale got leadoff batter Justin Turner on a 0-2 slider in the dirt, then Enrique Hernández to chase at another slider for the second out. Fittingly, Manny Machado came up to the plate representing the Dodgers’ last hope. Machado fell behind 0-2 then chased a 1-2 slider that was breaking towards his ankles. Catcher Christian Vázquez rushed towards Sale, leaping into the lefty’s arms in celebration as the Boston dugout spilled out onto the field.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.