Kendrys Morales homers in seventh consecutive game

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Blue Jays 1B/DH Kendrys Morales drilled a two-run home run off of Phillies starter Vince Velasquez in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s series finale in Toronto. It’s the seventh consecutive game in which he has homered, setting a new Blue Jays franchise record, surpassing the previous record of six held by Jose Cruz, Jr. If he homers again on Monday, when the Jays open up a three-game road series against the Orioles, Morales will match the major league record shared by Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987), and Dale Long (1956).

Morales finished Sunday 1-for-3 with t he homer and a walk in Sunday’s 8-3 loss to the Phillies. He is now hitting .264/.343/.484 with 21 home runs, 53 RBI, and 43 runs scored in 397 plate appearances this season.

The 35-year-old Morales is under contract with the Jays for one more year, earning $12 million in 2019.

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.