Orioles make short work of Cook, 9-1


Orioles make short work of Cook, 9-1

BALTIMORE -- If this was the Red Sox' idea of revenge, they did a lousy job of it.

With incentive to pay the Baltimore Orioles back for knocking them out of the playoffs last September, the Sox, with the roles reversed, rolled over for the Orioles Friday night and were hammered, 9-1.

The Sox mustered just one hit -- a bunt single by Scott Podsednik to lead off the game. After that the Sox sent 29 more men to the plate, just two over the minimum.

They managed just three baserunners after Podsednik -- a leadoff walk to Daniel Nava in the third; a one-out walk to Dustin Pedroia in the fourth; and an error allowed Pedro Ciriaco to reach with two outs in the ninth.

Meanwhile, the Orioles erupted for six runs in the bottom of the first off Aaron Cook, led by a two-run homer from Chris Davis and a grand slam from Ryan Flaherty. When Cook walked the first two hitters he faced in the second, he was pulled.

The Orioles added three more runs when they connected for four straight two-out hits -- three of them doubles -- off Alfredo Aceves in the fifth.

Chris Tillman went eight innings, allowing just one unearned run before Troy Patton closed it out for the Orioles.

The loss was Boston's seventh in the last eight games and 11th in 16 meetings with the Orioles this season.

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years


Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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