Benches clear after final out of Angels-Rangers game

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Things got a little dicey after the last out of the Angels’ 6-0 win on Friday, prompting a benches-clearing confrontation as the Angels sealed the shutout with a 4-6-3 double play. In the ninth inning, Ronald Guzman slapped a grounder right to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who flipped it to Andrelton Simmons to catch Rougned Odor for the second out, then fired it back to first base to complete the double play.

Odor slid into second base spikes-high in an attempt to break up the double play, catching Simmons’ shin and doing enough damage that the shortstop’s leg had to be treated after the game (though it doesn’t appear severe enough to keep him out of the lineup for Saturday’s rematch). Simmons was reportedly angry about the dirty slide, while Odor asserted that he had simply made a “good slide,” one that did not violate the rules of runner interference.

As soon as Albert Pujols recorded the final out of the game, Odor and Simmons went head-to-head in a lively discussion about the slide while the benches and dugouts cleared around them. The two were quickly separated during the shouting match, however, and no replay review was needed to overturn the double play.

Later that evening, Simmons offered an alternate explanation for the fracas, telling MLB.com’s Avery Yang, “I was trying to tell him, ‘You forgot to say hello to your family for me.’ He’s like ‘No, I didn’t forget, I told them.’ I was like ‘No, they told me you didn’t tell them.’ He wasn’t very happy about it so, it’s OK.”

The Angels and Rangers are scheduled to face off again on Saturday at 9:07 PM ET.

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.