Red Sox continue to roll, beat Blue Jays, 5-1


Red Sox continue to roll, beat Blue Jays, 5-1

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
TORONTO -- The Red Sox road show rolled on Friday night, using a familiar formula -- get an early lead and let the pitching take care of the rest.

Clay Buchholz, pitching with extra rest after some concerns over a stiff back, limited the Toronto Blue Jays to a single run over seven innings and got early run support for a 5-1 Red Sox victory.

The Sox have are 4-0 to start their tour of three A.L. East cities and have won seven in a row overall.

Boston pushed across two runs in the third and two more in the fifth off Toronto starter JoJo Reyes. An infield single by Dustin Pedroia (two hits, on base three times) and a double play produced the first two runs.

Run-scoring singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis accounted for the final two Sox runs. Gonzalez has now knocked in at least one run in seven straight games, a career high for the first baseman.

Gonzalez added an RBI-double in the eighth, giving him 57 RBI in 63 games.

Daniel Bard took care of a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon had a rare efficient inning in a non-save situation.

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


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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