Royals and Alex Rios agree to one-year, $11 million contract

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Another free agent position player is off the board, as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Royals have agreed to a one-year, $11 million contract with outfielder Alex Rios. He’ll take over right field from Nori Aoki, who is still likely to land a multi-year deal on the open market.

Rios, who turns 34 in February, batted .280/.311/.398 with four home runs and 54 RBI over 131 games with the Rangers this past season. He became a free agent at the end of October after Texas declined his $13.5 million club option for 2015.

Rios was bothered by ankle and thumb injuries this year, so there’s some bounce back potential if he’s healthy. The Royals also recently signed another Scott Boras client, Kendrys Morales, off a down season, so the defending American League champions are banking big on rebounds.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.