Ortiz, Red Sox to reach an extension “in the next few days”

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Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that there is “little doubt” the Red Sox will sign David Ortiz to an extension, and an agreement could be announced “in the next few days.”

Ortiz will make $15 million in the final year of his current deal and is reported to want another $15 million for 2015. Which is totally reasonable given his production and importance to the team.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.