Garver, Calhoun power Rangers to 10-4 win over Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mitch Garver and Kole Calhoun each had two hits, two runs and two RBIs, leading the Texas Rangers to a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Garver’s two RBIs came on his eighth homer of the season in the fifth inning as the Rangers won for the third straight season on manager Chris Woodward’s birthday.

“I asked for double-digits and they got it for me,” Woodward said. “Our team is so talented … I know hitting is hard. I was a hitter and I know how hard it is.”

Every Rangers starter except Marcus Semien had at least one hit, and every starter but Charlie Culberson scored at least one run.

“That’s the identity that we have,” Woodward said. “We’d love for that to be the identity we have every night. We take a lot of pride in having a 1-9 approach. It’s got to be every guy in the lineup. Not that everybody is going to get a hit or score a run every night, but everybody has got to contribute.”

Martin Perez (6-2) was shaky early but settled in, allowing four runs on seven hits in the win. He walked two and struck out six.

“That’s part of the game,” Perez said. “I never lost my focus. I knew we were going to score a lot of runs, so I just wanted to keep us in the game. When they scored four runs, I said, `Stop it here.”‘

Kris Bubic (1-5) took the loss. He allowed seven runs, five earned, in 4 2/3 innings.

Bobby Witt Jr. drove in Whit Merrifield on a fielder’s choice to give the Royals the lead in the first inning. Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi reached on infield singles to open the inning.

The Rangers answered with four in the second, with one of the runs unearned. The Rangers saw their first six batters reach safely. A walk to Nathaniel Lowe forced in the first run, followed by a two-run single by Leody Taveras. The final run scored on a groundout.

The lead didn’t last long as the Royals scored three with two outs in the bottom of the second, tying the score at 4, on Merrifield’s two-run double and Benintendi’s single.

“It was a little frustrating,” Woodward said. “Those balls just missed our gloves and were just out of reach. Toward the end of the second inning (Perez) got hit hard. But he does a good job and goes six innings after that. That’s what aces do.”

The Rangers got another unearned run in the fourth. Taveras rolled a single up the line and Bubic threw it over Hunter Dozier‘s head at first, sending Taveras to second. He went to third on a wild pitch and scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly.

Garver put the Rangers up by three runs again with a two-run blast in the fifth. He launched a 3-0 pitch into the bullpen in left field.

The Rangers blew it open in the sixth, adding three more runs. Adolis Garcia doubled home one run and Calhoun singled home two more to make it 10-4.

TRANSACTIONS

The Royals traded 1B Carlos Santana and cash considerations to the Seattle Mariners for two pitching prospects. The Royals received RHP Wyatt Mills and RHP William Fleming. Mills was placed on the 40-man roster and was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. Fleming was assigned to High-A Quad Cities. The Royals selected 1B Vinnie Pasquantino from Omaha, who will make his major league debut when he sees his first action. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated RHP Ronald Bolanos for assignment.

UP NEXT

The Rangers and Royals play the second game of a three-game series Tuesday. The Rangers will start RHP Jon Gray (3-3, 4.18 ERA) against Royals RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-3, 4.14 ERA).

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.