Video: Trevor Story finally homered again

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It’s hard to believe, but Rockies shortstop Trevor Story went six consecutive games without homering. Story started off the season white hot, belting six homers in his first four games and adding number seven in his sixth game.

Story hit a pair of triples at Coors Field last Wednesday that might’ve been home runs last year — the club raised the fences in an effort to aid pitchers — but aside from that, he had hit the skids. He struck out at least twice in each of his previous four games entering Monday night, giving him 22 in 55 plate appearances (a 40 percent strikeout rate).

The Rockies and Reds were tied 1-1 in the eighth inning until Story sent a Ross Ohlendorf fastball way over the fence in right-center at Great American Ball Park for a solo home run. It’s number eight on the season for Story, who remains the league leader. He’s also hitting a cool .309 with 14 RBI.

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Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.