Doug Davis pitches Cubs past Yankees in interleague opener

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Friday’s lone day game had an unexpected result, as Doug Davis finally earned his first win as a Cub by shutting down the Yankees in a 3-1 victory.

The series represents the Yankees’ second trip to Wrigley Field during interleague play and the first since 2003.  A season-high 42,219 attended the game.

Davis entered the day 0-5 with a 5.90 ERA since joining the Cubs last month.  He hadn’t pitched more than 6 1/3 innings in any of his six starts this season.

Against the Yankees, though, he brought his ‘A’ game, taking a shutout into the eighth.  He was only charged with a run after he left, when Mark Teixeira singled in Nick Swisher from second off reliever Sean Marshall.

Carlos Marmol took over after that and got four outs, three coming via the K, for his 14th save.

The Yankees managed just five hits, three of them off Davis.  Swisher’s double, which knocked Davis from the game, was the only one that went for extra bases.

With just one run allowed in 7 1/3 innings, Davis dropped his ERA almost a full run to 4.95.

Freddy Garcia gave up all three runs for the Yankees in falling to 5-6.  The first two came quick, as a Kosuke Fukudome walk, a Starlin Castro double and an Aramis Ramirez single gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first.

Another Castro double and Ramirez single resulted in the third run in the third.

Castro, who just reached five times in the win over the Brewers on Thursday, now has eight doubles in his last nine games.  His average stands at .314.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.