Video: Steve Pearce hits his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games

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Steve Pearce gave the Blue Jays an 8-4 walk-off win against the Athletics on Thursday, mashing a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning against reliever Liam Hendriks. It was the Jays’ second walk-off victory in a row, as the club had walked off 3-2 the previous day on a Kendrys Morales homer.

Pearce had another walk-off grand slam up his sleeve on Sunday afternoon, capping off a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning against the Angels to help his team overcome a 10-4 deficit. Angels reliever Brooks Pounders walked Ryan Goins to lead off the frame, then gave up a two-run home run to Kevin Pillar to bring the game to 10-6. Rob Refsnyder kept the rally going with a ground-rule double, chasing Pounders from the game.

Bud Norris relieved Pounders, but couldn’t change the momentum. Ezequiel Carrera and Russell Martin both singled, making it a 10-7 score. After Justin Smoak grounded out for the first out of the inning, Morales walked to load the bases for Pearce. Pearce took two balls before drilling a 94 MPH Norris fastball over the fence in left field to finalize the game at 11-10 in favor of the Jays and notch his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games.

Pearce finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a double along with the slam. He’s now hitting .267/.319/.462 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 213 plate appearances on the season.

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.