After an offseason of apparent disinterest from the Red Sox, Edwin Encarnacion finally has a new home.
Encarnacion has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Indians, taking a three-year, $60-million deal that will end the longtime Blue Jay’s stay in Toronto.
The 33-year-old Encarnacion has played 12 seasons between the Reds and Blue Jays. Last season, the last of an eight-year tenure with the Blue Jays, Encarnacion hit.266/.352/.498 with 42 homers and 127 RBI.
BOSTON - Luis Severino pitched seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball and Aaron Judge celebrated his 25th birthday with a two-run homer and spectacular catch, carrying the surging New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night in the longtime rivals' first meeting this season.
It was the 11th win in 14 games for the Yankees after they opened the season 1-4.
Severino (2-1) struck out six and walked two, posting his third straight strong start. In his previous two, the 23-year-old righty became just the third Yankee ever to post double-digit strikeouts without more than one walk in consecutive games.
Reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello (1-3) lost his third straight start, giving up three runs - two earned - in 6 2/3 innings. He didn't lose consecutive starts last season.
While it appeared Clay Buchholz would be out for the season after having surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, the former Red Sox starter still hopes to return to the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies this season.
"My goal right now is to let this heal," Buchholz said, according to CSN Philly. "Get it well and if this team keeps playing like they're playing right now, we'll be playing in September, October, so that's my goal."
Buchholz, 32, told the media that he apologized to Phillies teammates and GM Matt Klentak for the injury.
"I told [Matt Klentak] that I was sorry, and the guys in here," Buchholz said. "I was brought here for a reason. I wanted to pitch, I wanted to be good. I guess it's a good thing we have a good farm system here because they've been able to step up and fill in."
Buchholz allowed 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings in his two starts with the Phillies this season.