Playoff Reset: Rangers vs. Blue Jays ALDS Game 3

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The Game: Texas Rangers @ Toronto Blue Jays, ALDS Game 3
The Time: 7:30 PM EDT
The Place: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
The Channel: TBS
The Starters: Colby Lewis (Rangers) vs. Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays)

The Upshot:

After taking two games on the road, the Blue Jays will return to their home turf for a potential ALDS clinch in Game 3. At the helm is right-hander Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00 ERA), who posted 3.9 fWAR and earned All-Star distinctions in his first full major league season. Sanchez labored through two starts against the Rangers back in May, allowing 14 hits and nine runs and striking out 11 over 13 2/3 innings. As far as postseason experience goes, he’s been flawless, allowing seven hits and an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings during the Blue Jays’ 2015 playoff run.

Opposite Sanchez, veteran right-hander Colby Lewis will take the hill for the Rangers in a last-ditch effort to keep their playoff hopes alive. In June, Lewis was sidelined with a strained lat muscle in his right shoulder, and returned in September to pitch to a 6.38 ERA in 18 1/3 innings as the Rangers locked down the AL West. Like Sanchez, Lewis has been fairly stable for the club in the postseason, holding a 2.38 ERA over 53 innings and three playoff runs in 2010, 2011, and 2015. This will be his first playoff appearance following a significant injury.

At the plate, recent history sides with the Blue Jays, who have amassed 15 runs since the start of the ALDS. The Rangers, on the other hand, have managed just four runs off of Toronto’s pitching staff so far and are still on the hunt for their first home run of the 2016 postseason.

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.