For the third time in 10 years, the Boston Red Sox carried the World Series trophy through their city as thousands of fans lined the streets and the banks of the Charles River.

A poignant moment occurred Saturday when the amphibious "duck boats" stopped at the Boston Marathon finish line, near where two explosions killed three spectators at the race April 15.

Jonny Gomes placed the trophy on the line, and he and Jarrod Saltalamacchia held Red Sox jerseys with the words "BOSTON STRONG" and the number 617, the city's area code. Tenor Ronan Tynan sang "God Bless America."

"That was an emotional moment," Petaluma's Gomes said. "To bring the trophy to the finish line, I don't think that the story was written that way, but I was glad to be a part of it."

The Red Sox won the Series at home for the first time since 1918 with a 6-1 victory over St. Louis in Game 6 on Wednesday.

  • The A's signed right-hander Philip Humber to a minor league contract. Humber, who'll come to spring training with the big league club, was 0-8 with a 7.90 ERA for Houston this past season. In April 2012, while a member of the Chicago White Sox, he threw a perfect game in Seattle against the Mariners.

  • The Detroit Tigers reportedly have selected former major league catcher Brad Ausmus to replace the retired Jim Leyland as their manager. Houston's SportsRadio 610 was first to report Ausmus' impending hire. The 18-year major leaguer also had been a candidate for the Cubs and Nationals jobs.

  • Tampa Bay exercised options on infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar. Zobrist will earn $7 million in 2014, and Escobar will get $5 million.

  • Johnny Kucks, who pitched a three-hitter for the Yankees in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, died. He was 81.

    Golf

    Dustin Johnson shot a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke lead over Ian Poulter at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Johnson had an 18-under 198 total despite double bogeys on Nos. 10 and 18.

    Motor sports

    Matt Kenseth and five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson are tied for the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with three races left. Sunday's race is at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson and Kenseth have each won twice at the 1½-mile oval. Also,

    Brad Keselowski led 106 of 200 laps to win for the sixth time in his last eight Nationwide Series starts.

  • Mark Webber edged teammate Sebastian Vettel to take the pole for Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Tennis

    David Ferrer stunned top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5, and Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer from a set and break down in the Paris Masters semifinals. Djokovic won his 16th straight match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Ferrer had lost nine straight times to Nadal.

  • Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani won opening singles for a 2-0 lead against Russia and put host Italy on the brink of a Fed Cup title in Cagliari.

    MLS

    Ryan Johnson and Darlington Nagbe scored as Portland beat host Seattle 2-1 in the first leg of a Western Conference semifinal. The second leg is Wednesday.

  • New England earned a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in an Eastern Conference semifinal. The second leg is Wednesday.

    Running

    About 47,000 runners are expected for the 43rd NYC Marathon on Sunday. The 2012 race was called off because of destruction from Superstorm Sandy.