Trevor Bauer goes the distance, Indians win sixth straight game

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The Indians kept rolling, sweeping the Rays on Wednesday and winning their sixth consecutive game behind a complete game effort from Trevor Bauer. Bauer gave up a lone run on three hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts.

Jason Kipnis slugged the Indians to an early lead, blasting a two-run homer off of Chris Archer in the first inning. Francisco Lindor would add an RBI single before the end of the frame. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the seventh, and Lindor tacked on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 6-1, the score by which the Indians would eventually win.

Bauer is now 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA and a 79/27 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings. That includes six relief appearances prior to moving back to the rotation. Strictly as a starter, Bauer has a 2.96 ERA and a 65/22 K/BB ratio in 73 innings.

The Indians will take Thursday off before beginning a 10-game road trip that brings them into July. That means they’ll end the month of June a perfect 11-0 at home.

As the 41-30 Indians won and the Royals lost on Wednesday, the Tribe now have a three-game lead over the defending World Champs in the AL Central.

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.