McClanahan strikes out 10, Rays beat Pirates 4-2 for sweep

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Shane McClanahan struck out 10 over seven innings, Tampa Bay had a three-run seventh keyed by an overturned call and the Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2.

McClanahan (8-3) allowed one run and four hits, and had 10 strikeouts, lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.77 ERA and grabbing the big league lead in strikeouts with 123.

“I would be hard pressed to find a better left-hander pitcher in the American League or in the National League than the guy we saw today,” Pirates manger Derek Shelton said. “The slider is elite, and then the thing he does really well is when he goes and gets a fastball he goes fastball inside to right-hander’s 97-99 (mph).”

The Rays took a 4-1 lead in the seventh on Ji-Man Choi‘s run-scoring double and RBI singles by Josh Lowe and Isaac Paredes off Anthony Banda, who replaced Tyler Beede (0-1) with one on and two outs.

It appeared the inning was over with the score still 1-1 when Randy Arozarena was called out attempting to steal second. The call by second base umpire Dan Merzel was overturned when a video review shortstop Diego Castillo missed the tag.

“I didn’t get the greatest job initially, so when I stealing the base I saw the ball got there before I did,” Arozarena said through a translator. “I knew that I’m going to have to change what my hands were doing in order to try and be safe.”

Rays manage Kevin Cash called it a pretty athletic move.

“The swim move where he tucked the left arm and reached around with the right,” Cash said. “That was a pretty pivotal part of the game.”

Paredes went 3 for 3 with a walk and is 10 for 15 over his last four games.

Brooks Raley worked the ninth for his fourth save as the Rays won their team-record 12th straight game decided by two runs or fewer.

Daniel Vogelbach hit a pinch-hit solo homer in the eighth for the Pirates, who dropped to 8-16 in June.

Tampa Bay shortstop Wander Franco was reinstated from the 10-day injured list after missing 23 games with a right quadriceps strain and had an infield hit in five at-bats.

Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes went 1 for 4 after missing two games due to shoulder soreness. He was hurt on a collision at the plate while scoring the winning run in the 10th inning Thursday night against the Chicago Cubs.

Vidal Brujan put the Rays up 1-0 in the second when he drew the fourth walk of the inning off Roansy Contreras.

Contreras gave up one run, four hits and five walks along with four strikeouts in five innings.

Bryan Reynolds tied it at 1 with a third-inning RBI single.

“We played well enough to win all three games, and we didn’t win any of the games,” Shelton said. “We have to figure out a way to close those games out. That’s one of the development things for young players.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: 2B Tucupita Marcano (Covid-19 ) started a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Bradenton. . RHP Duane Underwood (Covid-19) is expected to start a rehab assignment soon . INFs Yoshi Tsutsugo (lumbar muscle strain), Kevin Newman (left groin strain) and Josh VanMeter (fractured left ring finger), and OF Ben Gamel (strained left hamstring) all continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A Indianapolis.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Have not announced their starting pitcher for Monday night’s game at Washington. The Nationals will start RHP Erick Fedde (5-5).

Rays: RHP Shane Baz (0-1) and Milwaukee RHP Brandon Woodruff (5-3) are Tuesday night’s starters.

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.