Astros, Chris Devenski avoid arbitration with $1.525 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Sunday that the Astros and reliever Chris Devenski avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.525 million salary for the 2019 season. The contract also includes a 2020 club option at $2.625 million with bonuses for appearances.

Devenski, 28, was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. He filed for $1.65 million while the Astros countered at $1.4 million, so they ultimately settled right at the midpoint.

Last season, Devenski posted a 4.18 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 13 walks in 47 1/3 innings. He pitched mostly in the seventh and eighth innings when called upon. He should get similar responsibilities in 2019 bridging the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.