David Ortiz homers twice to tie Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with 512 career home runs

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz didn’t need to, but he homered twice in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Yankees, resulting in a four-game series split in the Bronx. Ortiz drove a Luis Severino fastball to right-center in the fourth inning for a solo shot, boosting his team’s lead to 3-0. He victimized Severino again in the seventh, drilling a fastball to right field for another solo shot, moving the score to 4-0.

Ortiz, 40, now has 512 career home runs, moving him into a tie with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 22nd on baseball’s all-time home run list. Ortiz’s next goal is 521, which will move him into a four-way tie with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas.

On the season, Ortiz is hitting a cool .308/.393/.673 with nine home runs and 27 RBI. If he keeps hitting close to this well over the remainder of the season, he may have to rethink retirement.

Rays’ Yandy Díaz gets three-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Díaz agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Díaz’s agreement could be worth $36 million over four seasons.

The 31-year old will receive $6 million this season, $8 million in 2024 and $10 million for 2025. The 2026 club is $12 million with no buyout. There is a $1 million assignment bonus that would be payable by receiving team.

Díaz has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Cleveland (2017-18) and Tampa Bay (2019-22). He has a career average of .278 with 39 home runs and 198 RBIs.

Acquired by the Rays in a three-team trade on Dec. 13, 2018, Díaz hit .296 with nine homers and 57 RBIs in 137 games last season, He career highs with 71 runs, 140 hits, 33 doubles, and 78 walks.

Díaz was the third Rays’ arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Left-hander Jeffrey Springs also agreed last week to a $31 million, four-year contract that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

The 30-year-old began last season in the bullpen and transitioned to the starting rotation in May and finished 9-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 33 appearances, including 25 starts.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, and outfielder Harold Ramírez.