Hanley Ramirez homers three times, Red Sox out-slug Giants

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Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez hit three two-run home runs on Wednesday night at Fenway Park, helping the Giants win a slugfest against the Giants, 11-7. Ramirez also made a trio of nifty defensive plays.

Ramirez’s first homer went out to right-center field in the bottom of the second off of Giants starter Matt Cain, breaking a scoreless tie. Robbie Ross, Jr. caught it with his hat in the Red Sox bullpen. The second dinger was a no-doubter to center field, boosting his team’s lead from 3-0 to 5-0. Number three was hooked down the left field line, just barely scraping over the Green Monster, putting the Red Sox further ahead, 10-7.

Ramirez didn’t have a three-homer game to his credit until Wednesday night. It was almost two months since the last time a member of the Red Sox went deep three times. Mookie Betts accomplished the feat against the Orioles on May 31.

With Wednesday’s offensive barrage, Ramirez is now batting .285/.362/.451 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI in 370 plate appearances.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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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.