On Saturday night, the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with outfielder Chris Young. Today, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY adds that Young can earn up to $6.325 million in incentives included with his contract.
Young, who posted an .876 OPS in the month of September after joining the Yankees, will serve as the club’s fourth outfielder behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran. Each in the trio has battled the injury bug, so it’s not inconceivable to think Young may eventually find his way into the lineup on a regular basis at some point during the 2015 season.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.