Astros’ Jose Altuve leaves shortly after getting hit by pitch

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Eight-time All-Star selection Jose Altuve left the Houston Astros’ game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night shortly after getting hit with the opening pitch.

Altuve was hit on the left knee by Angels starter Reid Detmers. Altuve went to first and eventually scored on Kyle Tucker‘s single, but he didn’t return to take the field for the bottom half of the first.

Altuve has reached base in 12 consecutive games while batting .350 over that stretch. He is batting .277 with 17 homers and 33 RBIs this season, earning the chance to play for AL manager Dusty Baker at the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium next week.

Mauricio Dubon replaced Altuve at second base for Houston in its series finale at Angel Stadium.


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.