Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.
Yordano Ventura quit school at 14 and was working construction until his big break: a tryout that led to a spot in the Kansas City Royals’ academy in the Dominican Republic. But even after making the major leagues and pitching in the World Series, Ventura wouldn’t live anywhere else than Las Terrenas, his hometown, where he trained on the beach and swam in the ocean.
The Detroit Tigers Friday made a slew of roster moves, including reinstating catcher Alex Avila from the disabled list and designating for assignment struggling relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny.
The New York Yankees placed Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list Friday because a strained left oblique muscle, and they pushed CC Sabathia's next start back three days so he can work on fixing some pitching problems.
Minnesota pitching coach Neil Allen grew up in Kansas City, Kan., and played at Bishop Ward High School. His brother still lives in the area, so Allen is always happy when the Twins play at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals Lorenzo Cain slid under Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki’s tag Friday as Jarrod Dyson’s chopper to first base produced the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Jeremy Guthrie pitched 7.1 gutsy innings in settling for a no-decision, and AL Central-leading Kansas City ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over second-place Minnesota.
Lorenzo Cain bolted home on a weak chopper to first base in the bottom of the 10th inning and avoided the tag, giving the Royals a 3-2 win Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. It was the Royals’ first walkoff win since Salvador Perez sent them to the AL Division Series in last year’s Wild Card game.