Ortiz, Red Sox prepare for interleague games

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Ortiz, Red Sox prepare for interleague games

BOSTON The Red Sox begin a three-city, eight-day road trip Wednesday with two games in Tampa Bay and three in Philadelphia, before finishing with three in Baltimore.

David Ortiz was taking grounders at first base before Tuesdays series finale with the Mariners in preparation for the games against the Phillies.

I think hes fine. I think David could play first base, said manager Bobby Valentine. And Adrian Gonzalez looks all right in the outfield, too. I think David could play first base. So does Dustin Pedroia, so does Adrian, so does David, and thats whats more important.

Ortiz played two games at first last season, June 29 in Philadelphia and July 2 in Houston. He was a combined 0-for-6 with a walk, an RBI, and no errors in 18 chances over 13 innings in those games.

This will be Valentines first time managing during Interleague as an American League manager.

Its kind of weird, he said. It used to be that interleague was all at one time. Its a little challenging, middle of a series -- boom -- you play a few games in a series and switch back. But I guess its better for some reason.

Carl Crawford will be among those on the disabled list who will stay back in Boston during the trip. Darnell McDonald, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right oblique strain, will travel with the team.

Andrew Bailey was expected to have his right thumb -- on which he had surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament on April 4 -- examined today in Cleveland by Dr. Thomas Graham, who performed the procedure.

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

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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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