For the first time in team history, the Orioles have begun a season 6-0, and they can thank Chris Davis.
The Orioles went into the top of the ninth inning at Fenway Park tied 6-6 with the Red Sox and had the unenviable task of facing closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel, however, was having trouble finding the strike zone as he walked two batters while getting two outs. He went ahead 0-1 to Davis, but left a 97 MPH fastball over the plate and Davis demolished it to straightaway center field, 449 feet away, to put the O’s up 9-6.
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The Red Sox didn’t go down quietly, as Mookie Betts led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run off of closer Zach Britton, but it wasn’t enough and the Orioles won 9-7.
HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.
Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.
With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.
Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.
The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.
The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.