MLB All-Stars beat Yomi­uri Gi­ants in Tokyo

The News & Observer - - Sports -

J.T. Real­muto and Amed Rosario drove in two runs each to lead the MLB All-Stars over the Yomi­uri Gi­ants 9-6 on Thurs­day in Tokyo.

The game was a warmup game ahead of their six-game ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries against Ja­pan’s na­tional team.

Juan Soto hit a dou­ble off the roof of Tokyo Dome in the third in­ning that scored Yadier Molina from sec­ond to give the MLB team a 4-0 lead. Real­muto then dou­bled in a run and Rosario added two more on a sin­gle as the MLB squad scored five runs in the in­ning to take a 7-0 lead.

Yan­kees: Catcher Gary Sanchez had surgery on his left shoul­der, which could slow him dur­ing spring train­ing but is not likely to keep him out of the lineup on Open­ing Day.

“His shoul­der has both­ered him off and on since ’17,” Yan­kees gen­eral man­ager Brian Cashman said Wed­nes­day. He made the an­nounce­ment at the gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings in Carlsbad, Cal­i­for­nia, hours af­ter the Yan­kees fi­nal­ized an $8 mil­lion, one-year con­tract with CC Sa­bathia. The 38-year-old said 2019 will be his fi­nal sea­son.

An All-Star in 2017 who slumped badly this year, Sanchez felt con­tin­ued shoul­der pain while work­ing out last week. Mariners: Mallex Smith is back with Seat­tle as part of a five-player deal be­tween Seat­tle and Tampa Bay on Thurs­day that landed the Rays catcher Mike Zunino and out­fielder Guillermo Here­dia. The swap con­tin­ued a lengthy trade his­tory be­tween the teams and came as a sur­prise to Zunino, who said he had re­cent con­ver­sa­tions with Seat­tle man­ager Scott Ser­vais look­ing ahead to 2019.

Smith, 25, stole a ca- reer-best 40 bases this year and was caught 12 times. He hit .296, tied for the ma­jor league lead with 10 triples and had 40 RBIs. He signed with San Diego in 2012, was traded to At­lanta in December 2014 and was dealt to the Mariners in Jan­uary 2017, then sent to the Rays on the same day in a trade that shipped left-han­der Drew Smyly to Seat­tle. Pi­rates: Third base­man Jung Ho Kang agreed to a $3 mil­lion, one-year con­tract that in­cludes $2.5 mil­lion in per­for­mance bonuses based on plate ap­pear­ances: $625,000 each for 200, 300, 400 and 500. The deal was an­nounced a week af­ter Pitts­burgh de­clined a $5.5 mil­lion club op­tion for Kang, trig­ger­ing a $250,000 buy­out.

White Sox: Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria’s con­tract was extended Wed­nes­day, though gen­eral man­ager Rick Hahn de­clined to give specifics other than the ex­ten­sion goes past 2019.

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