Ross on Ortiz: 'He's on fire'

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Ross on Ortiz: 'He's on fire'

BOSTON -- For the last two games, Cody Ross has had the best seat in the house.
With David Ortiz at the plate, Ross has stood in the on-deck circle awaiting his turn and watching Ortiz inch closer to the 400 home run mark.
Ortiz hit his 399th career home run in Wednesday afternoon's 10-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. He finished the game 1-for-2 with three walks, an RBI, and four runs scored.
Ross was Boston's clean-up hitter, behind Ortiz on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
And while it's not exactly 762, Ross compared the experience to watching Major League Baseball's official home run king.
"He's on fire," said Ross after the win. "He's not getting too many pitches to hit. Almost Barry Bonds-ish. You can't have enough protection for him. But when he's getting that pitch, he's not missing it. And that was a perfect example today. I think he might have saw one strike, and he hit that ball out.
"I can't tell you how neat it is to stand on-deck and just watch him, and see him hit a homer and come around, and be able to give him a high-five. I mean, I'm a fan too. So, it's pretty neat."
Ortiz' solo blast to the right-field tunnel in the bottom of the fifth, that put Boston up 10-2, marked his 21st home run of the season. That's just eight home runs less than his total of 29 home runs in 146 games in 2011. And it's only June 27.
He had a chance to hit No. 400 during his final at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Ortiz struck out swinging on a 1-2 slider.
"It's coming, obviously," said Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after the win.
And if it doesn't come during this upcoming seven-game West-Coast road trip that begins Thursday night in Seattle?
"I'll get it done when I get back," said Ortiz with a smile and a wink after Wednesday's game.
Either way, Ortiz said that home run No. 400 isn't on his mind.
"Right now, that's not really something I think about," said Ortiz. "But I know that at some point, when I'm not playing, you start looking at things, and start realizing my good career I'll probably have.
"Right now, my focus is just on producing for this ball club and try to win some games, and put ourselves in a better situation."

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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