By Sean McAdam
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Jacoby Ellsbury's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second base, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. The victory was Boston's fourth walk-off win of the season and first in almost two months, dating back to June 4.
It was the first walk-off RBI in Ellsbury's career.
After one out in the ninth, Jason Varitek singled sharply to center and was replaced by pinch-runner Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Josh Reddick followed with a bloop single to right, sending Saltalamacchia into scoring position.
Kevin Youkilis had pulled the Red Sox even in the bottom of the sixth when he blasted his 16th homer of the season into the Monster Seats.
Earlier, the Sox loaded the bases in the second and scored a run on a strikeout by Jason Varitek, thanks to a wild pitch.
Starter Josh Beckett allowed just two runs -- both on solo homers -- in six innings of work. He left after throwing just 85 pitches, probably because he had had to warm up twice due to start time delayed twice by rain.
He struck out seven and gave up six hits while being stuck with his eighth no-decision in 21 starts this season, a reflection of the poor run support his teammates have often provided him.
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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.
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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