The Yankees and Cubs combined for a record 48 strikeouts last night

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An 18-inning game could be good, theoretically speaking. It could feature a lot of action and drama and excitement. And that could be the case even if there’s very little scoring. But an 18-inning long game featuring four dozen batters turning on their heels in the batters box and walking back to the dugout has to be . . . trying.

That’s what happened in Chicago last night as the Yankees and Cubs combined for 48 strikeouts in their impromptu double bill, eventually won by New York. The 48 strikeouts set a major league record. There were 15 walks on the night too, as the teams combined for 583 pitches. The former record for strikeouts in a game was 43, set in a 20-inning game between the California Angels and Oakland Athletics in 1971.

Aaron Hicks struck out four times and walked twice in eight plate appearances. Chase Headley was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts of his own. The top three in the Cubs order, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, each struck out three times. Addison Russell and Willson Contreras struck out three times each as well.

Riveting stuff.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster $280 million, 11-year contract Wednesday night, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.