Red Sox sign Craig Breslow to $2 million deal

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that reliever Craig Breslow has signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Red Sox.

Breslow, 34, spent the last two and a half seasons with the Red Sox. Though effective in the latter half of 2012 and the entire 2013 season in Boston, the lefty struggled this past season, finishing with a 5.96 ERA and a 37/28 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings. His fastball lost 1.5 MPH on average compared to the previous season, his control went haywire, and he was more homer-prone.

Relief pitching has always been a volatile stock, so the Red Sox are betting on a bounce-back year from Breslow.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.