By Sean McAdam
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On his fifth try this season, CC Sabathia finally figured how to beat the Red Sox, though it wasn't exactly textbook pitching.
Sabathia gave up 10 hits, but limited the Red Sox to just two runs over six innings while throwing 128 pitches, the most ever as a member of the Yankees as the Yanks held off the Red Sox, 5-2. The Sox outhit the Yankees 13-9, but stranded 16 base runners, tying a season high.
The victory moved the Yankees into a tie with the Sox in the loss column. The Red Sox have played one more game and lead the East by a half-game.
After the Red Sox had scored twice in the fourth -- thanks to a solo homer from Carl Crawford and run-scoring double from Marco Scutaro -- to pull to within a run at 3-2, Francisco Cervelli homered in the fifth. New York tacked on another run in the seventh on a hit batsman, bunt and a double play.
John Lackey lasted seven innings and gave up all five runs, four of them earned. He suffered a loss for just the second time in his last 10 starts.
Tempers flared between the clubs when Lackey hit Cervelli in the seventh inning, ostensibly for celebrating a bit too much following his fifth-inning homer. Both benches were warned, but no further trouble followed.
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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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