The Boston Red Sox will be the next world champions to visit the White House, and there's no telling if the federal government shutdown will still be in effect when they arrive on Feb. 15. But clam chowder, Boston baked beans and lobster rolls better be on President Donald Trump's menu inste…

NEW YORK/HAVANA, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Major League Baseball has reached a landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation allowing Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect, seeking to end the practice of Cuban stars being smuggled off the island on speedboats.

The Red Sox were way more active on the rumor mill than in reality at this week’s Winter Meetings. The result? A slower week than some expected for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and his staff.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal includes a club option for 2021.

LAS VEGAS — Red Sox postseason hero Joe Kelly is signing with the Dodgers, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic. Kelly will reportedly sign a three-year, $25 million deal with Los Angeles.

Rookie Gleyber Torres hit the record-setting 265th homer of the season in the fourth inning for the New York Yankees, who recorded an 8-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Aaron Judge hit his first home run since returning from a fractured right wrist, and it was the homer that tied the all-time single-season team record as the New York Yankees clinched home-field advantage in the American League wild-card game with an 11-6 victory over the host Boston Red Sox…

There was good and bad in Chris Sale’s final start before the postseason. Sale went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs in the Boston Red Sox’ 10-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

A four-run seventh inning paced the Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians in a battle of division winners Friday night in Cleveland.

Mookie Betts helped the Boston Red Sox clinch their third straight American League East title by collecting four hits, including a towering three-run homer off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the eighth inning in an 11-6 victory over the New York Yankees Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt each delivered two-run doubles in the fifth inning Saturday afternoon for the Boston Red Sox, who went on to defeat the New York Mets, 5-3, in the middle game of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Noah Syndergaard tossed seven scoreless innings Friday night and Jay Bruce collected four RBIs for the second time this week as the New York Mets cruised to an 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park.

Pinch hitter Brock Holt hit a three-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox went on to defeat the visiting Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Tuesday night to clinch a spot in the playoffs for the third straight year.

Tyler White capped the Houston Astros' second consecutive three-run inning with an RBI single in the eighth, helping secure a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park.

First baseman Steve Pearce, a midseason acquisition by Boston, had three hits and drove in three runs on Tuesday to help the Red Sox beat the host Atlanta Braves 5-1 at SunTrust Park.

ATLANTA — Three RBIs for Ian Kinsler and a strong performance from a busy bullpen led the Red Sox to a 8-2 win in the opener of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on Labor Day.

Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 12 batters over 5 2/3 innings Saturday night, and the visiting Boston Red Sox received solo homers from Eduardo Nunez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ian Kinsler in a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tommy Pham homered, and Kevin Kiermaier tripled among two hits to score what proved to be the game-winning run and help lead the Tampa Bay Rays to their seventh straight victory, 5-1, over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Michael Perez matched his previous season total with four RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays used a five-run third inning to pull away from the Boston Red Sox early en route to a 10-3 romp in the opener of a three-game series Friday night in Tampa, Fla.

David Price pitched eight scoreless innings and Boston used three two-RBI doubles in the fifth inning to break open a scoreless game as the Red Sox rolled to a 7-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon in a getaway game at Fenway Park.