Red Sox' bats explode in 14-5 win over Padres

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Red Sox' bats explode in 14-5 win over Padres

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
BOSTON -- For 6 12 innings, a game between the team with best record in the American League and one with the third-worst record in the National League was surprisingly close.

Then reality set in.

The Red Sox, with great help from the San Diego Padres' bullpen, ripped off 10 runs in the bottom of the seventh to waltz to a 14-5 victory in interleague play.

In the seventh alone, San Diego pitchers walked four and hit two others as the Sox scored nine runs after two were out. The 10 runs came in an inning when the Sox had just five hits, two from Adrian Gonzalez, who knocked in three runs against his former team with a double and single.

The Sox had a 3-0 lead after five, thanks to a run-scoring single and RBI-double from David Ortiz plus a bases-loaded double play from Jacoby Ellsbury.

But the Padres knotted things in the sixth when Orlando Hudson, fresh off the disabled list, launched a three-run homer into the Monster Seats, spoiling an otherwise impressive Red Sox debut from Andrew Miller.

Miller pitched 5 23 innings, allowing three runs while walking three and striking out six.

Matt Albers, who stranded a runner in the sixth and pitched a scoreless seventh, picked up the win.

STAR OF THE GAME: Adrian Gonzalez
Just in case the Padres forgot how good their former first baseman was, he reminded them with three hits and three RBI.

Gonzalez had a first inning single, then came up twice in the 10-run seventh, delivering a run-scoring double and then a two-run single.

HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Miller
Miller missed out on getting the win when he gave up a three-run homer to Orlando Hudson, but there was plenty to like about his Red Sox debut.

He pitched 5 23 innings, struck out six and walked three. His fastball regularly registered in the mid-90s and he limited the damage well, particularly in the fourth when he allowed a leadoff triple to Jesus Guzman, but stranded him there.

GOAT OF THE GAME: Ernesto Frieri
The Padres' reliever Frieri faced five hitters in the seventh inning, retiring the first (Kevin Youkilis) on a flyout. He then walked two and hit two -- both with the bases loaded -- and was charged with four runs in just one-third of an inning.

TURNING POINT: When the visitor's bullpen door opener with one out in the seventh...and three walks, two hits batsman and four hits followed in the Red Sox' 10-run uprising.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Red Sox are averaging slightly more than 11 runs per game in their five interleague victories this season.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Generally, I think it was very good...I certainly want to avoid (walks), but they didn't pile up. I was able to throw all three pitches for strikes, most of the time.'' Andrew Miller, evaluating his own command.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

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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