The Diamondbacks still haven’t lost a series this year

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With the aid of a controversial obstruction call, the Diamondbacks defeated the Astros 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, taking two of three games in the series. That means that the Diamondbacks still haven’t lost a series this season. Here’s how they’ve gone:

  • vs. Rockies: Won two of three
  • vs. Dodgers: Swept three-game series
  • @ Cardinals: Won two of three
  • @ Giants: Won two of three
  • @ Dodgers: Won two of three
  • vs. Giants: Won two of three
  • vs. Padres: Won two of three
  • @ Phillies: Won two of three
  • @ Nationals: Won two of three
  • vs. Dodgers: Split four-game series
  • vs. Astros: Won two of three

The D-Backs are now 23-11 on the season, owning the best record in the National League and third-best in baseball behind the Red Sox and Yankees.

As for that controversial obstruction call, here’s what happened:

As Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports, none of the Astros were happy with the ball. Manager A.J. Hinch said, “I saw a horsesh– rule and a bad interpretation.”

Starter Justin Verlander said, “It’s hard to critique a call made by an umpire in live action. Looking back on it, we have the advantage of looking at replay. In my opinion, I don’t think it’s the right call.”

Verlander also accused A.J. Pollock of the baseball equivalent of “flopping.” He said, “Pollock sold it pretty good. You see this in basketball all the time. Can you call it a flop in baseball? I don’t know. He knows the game, he got the call.”

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.