David Price gets lit up as Yankees take 5-0 lead


The Yankees scored a run on a rare Ben Zobrist error in the first and then got a grand slam from Mark Teixeira in the second to take an early 5-0 lead on the Rays on Wednesday night.

Teixeira’s slam off David Price came on a 97-mph fastball.  But while Price has his velocity, he hasn’t been sharp in throwing 59 pitches in two innings.

Fortunately for the Rays, this one is far from over.  Dellin Betances walked two in the first inning, and the Yankees had Aaron Laffey up in the pen before their young right-hander settled down.  There could be plenty of run-scoring tonight.

The Red Sox are currently up 1-0 on the Orioles in the third.  If the Red Sox and Rays have differing results tonight, there will be no one-game playoff on Thursday.

Royals sign Justin Grimm to a one-year, $1.25 million deal

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The Royals signed free agent reliever Justin Grimm to a one-year, $12.5 million deal, the club announced Sunday. Grimm can earn up to $300,000 in additional incentives, the specifics of which have yet to be disclosed.

The 29-year-old right-hander was released by the Cubs on Thursday. Prior to his release, he was slated to make $2.2 million after losing his arbitration case against the team. Grimm polished off a five-year campaign with the Cubs in 2017 and produced an unimpressive 5.53 ERA, 4.4 BB/9 and 9.6 SO/9 over 55 1/3 innings.

In a corresponding move, right-hander Sam Gaviglio was designated for assignment. He pitched in five games for the Royals this spring, racking up 13 hits, eight runs and seven strikeouts in seven innings.