Danny Valencia homered three times for the Athletics on Sunday, including the game-winner

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Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia notched the first three-homer game of his career and just his fourth multi-homer game against the Rays on Sunday. The third and final home run happened to be the game-winner, pushing the A’s to a 7-6 victory at Tropicana Field.

Valencia went yard in the first inning with the bases empty off of Matt Moore, breaking a scoreless tie. He followed up with a two-run shot in the top of the fifth off of Moore, reducing the Athletics’ deficit to 5-4. Finally, with a runner on first base and two outs against Steve Geltz, Valencia slugged a no-doubt home run to left-center field to put the A’s up 7-6.

Here’s that third home run:

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Valencia is now hitting .342/.377/.589 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 77 plate appearances on the year. He recently battled a hamstring injury, so he’s been sharing third base with Chris Coghlan and Yonder Alonso lately.

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.