The Yankees will honor David Ortiz at a pregame ceremony

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The Yankees announced today that they will honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz with a pregame ceremony before the September 29th game at Yankee Stadium.

Ten or twelve years ago this would’ve been inconceivable, as the Yankees and Red Sox didn’t like each other much. These days, however, people only go through the motions of the Yankess and Sox being rivals, it seems. Indeed, when Derek Jeter retired a couple of years ago, the Red Sox honored him before his final game, which took place at Fenway Park. David Ortiz even held up the “RE2PECT” sign:

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 28: David Ortiz #34 and Xander Bogaerts #2 of the Boston Red Sox present Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees with a piece of the Green Monster signed by all members of the Boston Red Sox prior to the last game of the season at Fenway Park on September 28, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Whats good for The Captain is good for Big Papi.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.