Jorge Alfaro gets key 10th-inning hit as Padres beat Tigers 6-4

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DETROIT — Jorge Alfaro capped San Diego’s three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, and the Padres beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 on Tuesday night.

Luke Voit finished with three RBIs for San Diego after he was hit by a bases-loaded pitch from All-Star Gregory Soto (2-5) in the 10th. After Matthew Batten struck out swinging for the second out, Alfaro drove in Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado with a single to right.

Cronenworth was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, and Machado reached on shortstop Javier Baez‘s throwing error.

Detroit got one back on Jeimer Candelario‘s RBI double in the bottom half. But Nick Martinez retired Willi Castro on a fly ball to center, earning his fourth save.

The big 10th helped end San Diego’s 38-year quest to win a game in Detroit. The Padres lost the final three games of the 1984 World Series at Tiger Stadium, were swept in a three-game series at Comerica Park in 2007 and lost 12-4 on Monday.

Candelario finished with two hits and three RBIs. Rookie Riley Greene, All-Star Miguel Cabrera and Harold Castro also had two hits in Detroit’s 12th loss in 15 games.

The Tigers trailed 3-0 before rallying in the seventh. Cabrera hit a leadoff double ahead of Candelario’s 10th homer, a drive to right against Mike Clevinger.

Castro led off the Detroit ninth with a base hit against Padres closer Taylor Rogers, but Jurickson Profar made a diving catch of Jonathan Schoop‘s foul fly to left for the first out. Pinch-hitter Eric Haase, who hit a grand slam in Monday’s win, struck out, but Robbie Grossman walked.

Greene fell behind 0-2 before tying the game with a single to left, but Rogers (1-4) struck out Baez to force extra innings.

The Padres got good news before the game when Fernando Tatis, Jr. took batting practice for the first time since hurting his wrist in March. Tatis could start a minor league rehab assignment within a week.

WORTH NOTING

Cabrera’s seventh-inning double was No. 606 for his career, tying Paul Waner for 14th place.

FRUSTRATED FANS

As the Tigers struggled through the 10th, fans broke into the Pistons’ trademark chant of “Detroit Basketball!” as well as “Let’s Go Red Wings.”

UP NEXT

The teams finish the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon, with Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (7-8, 3.88 ERA) facing Yu Darvish (9-4, 3.28 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.