MLB All-Stars beat Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo
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.