Settling the Scores Wednesday’s results

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Hanley Ramirez had quite a night, eh? Three homers. Drew Pomeranz, not so much. But I guess you don’t need much of a night when you get that much run support and you’re facing what’s left of Matt Cain and the reeling Giants.

Jedd Gyorko of the Cardinals had three homers yesterday. One in the first game of the doubleheader, two in the second, so it doesn’t get as much press, but his day was still spiffy as heck.

In other news, Anthony Rizzo hit a couple of big flies himself. Tyler Naquin hit two for Cleveland. Leonys Martin hit two for the Mariners. Ryan Schimpf hit two for the Padres, splitting his up between games of the doubleheader like Gyorko did. Bryce Harper hit one but it was a long one. Josh Donaldson drove in three and hit his 24th homer. Chris Archer struck out 11 batters in six innings. Could he be auditioning for the Dodgers, who are suffering from Kershaw deficit disorder? Michael Pineda tossed six shutout innings against the Orioles, kind of messing up that whole Yankees fire sale plan. Which, dudes, when you see what the Mariners got in a trade for Mike Montgomery has to bug the heck out of the longer-term thinkers in the Yankees Universe.

Oh well. Today is a new day. They can always lose to Baltimore today. The scores:

Reds 6, Braves 3
Twins 4, Tigers 1
Cubs 6, Mets 2
Indians 11, Royals 4
Cardinals 4, Padres 2; Cardinals 3, Padres 2
Rays 11, Rockies 3
Astros 7, Athletics 0
Mariners 6, White Sox 5
Blue Jays 10, Diamondbacks 4
Red Sox 11, Giants 7
Yankees 5, Orioles 0
Nationals 8, Dodgers 1
Phillies 4, Marlins 1
Brewers 9, Pirates 5
Angels 7, Rangers 4

 

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He 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 was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.