Steve Pearce calls Red Sox cheating allegations ‘such a joke’

first_imgPearce enjoyed the best two weeks of his career in Boston’s five-game Series triumph over the Dodgers. He hit .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs.He struggled last year, though, batting .180 in limited action and spending most of the campaign on the IL because of calf and back injuries.”You know what? It has been a good run,” Pearce, 37, told WEEI. “I have 10 years (of service time) in (MLB). Right now I am officially retired.” Steve Pearce is adamant that history will look favorably upon the 2018 World Series-winning Red Sox despite allegations they illegally stole signs that season.The first baseman, who was voted World Series MVP that year, commented on the perception of his former team while announcing his retirement from baseball Monday night. Earlier this year, Boston fired manager Alex Cora for his role in the separate Astros cheating scandal and is awaiting an MLB report on its own actions. Pearce believes that investigation will clear the team’s reputation.”That’s such a joke to us,” Pearce told Boston’s WEEI Radio. “When it came out, we were all kind of joking about it. We just want this to pass us. We won it fair and square. Whatever they accused us of, we were all kind of like, ‘I can’t believe this is even an issue.’ Once the report comes out, we’re all going to be free.”MORE: Worst sets of the Junk Wax Era of baseball cardslast_img read more

Iowa COVID-19 cases top 35,000 — 143 more cases locally, 89 more in Cerro Gordo County

first_imgFranklin1129 Kossuth422 Franklin642 Hancock613 Kossuth251 Winnebago4412 Winnebago222 RecoveredNew Recovered since Friday morning Butler708 Floyd827 Worth253 Worth10 Mitchell368 DES MOINES — The number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Iowa is now over 35,000. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the number of cases of COVID-19 grew to 35,002 late Sunday morning. That is 503 higher than Saturday’s total and 1246 higher than late Friday morning.There have now been a total of 750 deaths in the state linked to the coronavirus.Between late Friday morning and this morning, the number of COVID-19 cases in the immediate listening area jumped up by 143, with 89 of those in Cerro Gordo County. There were 12 more in Winnebago; nine in Franklin; eight in Butler; seven each in Floyd and Wright; three each in Hancock, Mitchell and Worth; and two more in Kossuth.That brings the area total of cases since the start of the pandemic to 1198 — 399 in Wright; 317 in Cerro Gordo; 112 in Franklin; 82 in Floyd; 70 in Butler; 61 in Hancock; 46 in Mitchell; 44 in Winnebago; 42 in Kossuth; and 25 in Worth.The Iowa Department of Public Health made some adjustments on Friday to the code that was used to report recovered COVID-19 cases on their website, causing some corrections in the number of cases recovered. 48 more people locally have been listed as recovered to bring the total to 680.(The Associated Press contributed to this report) Area Total1198143 Mitchell463 Floyd582 Confirmed CasesNew Cases since Friday morning Hancock463 Wright3997 Cerro Gordo31789 Butler546 Cerro Gordo717 Wright29417 Area Total68048last_img read more