Red Sox find timely hitting to beat Angels, 9-5


Red Sox find timely hitting to beat Angels, 9-5

By MaureenMullen

BOSTON The Red Sox offense came alive Monday night against the Angels, erupting for six runs in the seventh inning a season-high for one inning beating the Angels at Fenway Park, 9-5.

If this game is remembered for anything it will be Dustin Pedroias 13-pitch at-bat in the fifth inning against Jered Weaver. With the Sox trailing, 2-1, two outs and runners on second and third, Pedroia came to the plate. The Sox second baseman entered the at-bat hitting just four for his last 23 overall, and three for 25 in his career against Weaver. He worked Weaver for 13 pitches, including five straight 3-2 pitches. On the 13th pitch, Pedroia lashed a grounder into center field, scoring Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury. Adrian Gonzalez grounded out on the next pitch.

But Weaver (6-1) was done after that. It was his shortest outing of the season, and his first loss. His ERA jumped from 0.99 to 1.39. He went six innings, giving up three runs -- all earned, a season high -- on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Clay Buchholz earned the win, improving his record to 2-3 (4.81). He went 6 23 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, with two strikeouts and a wild pitch. It was Buchholzs first quality start of the season.

Both Buchholz and Weaver entered Mondays game each having been scratched from their scheduled Sunday start because of illness. That was about where their fortunes this season diverged. Weaver entered the game the American League leader in wins, with six, ERA (0.99), strikeouts (49), opponents batting average (.163), and complete games (2). He posted quality starts in each of his six previous outings. Buchholz, meanwhile, had just one win to his credit with an ERA of 5.33, and no quality starts in his five previous outings.

But Monday night Buchholz and Weaver were virtually on even ground. Both pitchers threw quality starts. Buchholz went 6 23 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits with two walks, two strikeouts, and a wild pitch. He threw 107 pitches, 66 strikes. He left with the Sox leading by a run.

The Sox offense, which has betrayed them so often this season, finally came around. The had 11 hits in the game, two shy of their season high. The nine runs match a season high. Batting with runners in scoring position has been a mark of futility this season, with the Sox batting just .212. Monday against the Angels they were 5-for-8 in such situations.

After a four-game sweep in Anaheim in April, the Sox are 5-0 against the Angels this season. They have outscored them Angels 29-10.

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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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