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Yankees owner says Aaron Judge contract talks will come after season

The price for a long-term contract for Yankee slugger Aaron Judge, eligible for free agency after the World Series, is surely going up because he leads the major leagues with 29 homers, is second in the AL with 60 RBIs and is batting .281.Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner realizes there is a chance the price may be going up to sign Aaron Judge to a long-term contract after the star slugger’s outstanding first half.

Judge turned down an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million, cutting off talks ahead of the April 8 opener and saying he wouldn’t negotiate again until after the season. Judge’s representatives wanted a nine-year deal in excess of the average annual value of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s contract, which comes to $319.6 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said then, speaking on condition of anonymity because Judge’s stance was not made public.


“Is it a possibility? Of course it’s a possibility,” Steinbrenner said. “But cross that bridge when I come to it.”

Judge and Aaron Hicks each hit a grand slam, Luis Severino worked six dominant innings and the Yankees routed the Pirates, 16-0, Wednesday night to split their two-game interleague series.

Judge, eligible for free agency after the World Series, leads the major leagues with 30 homers.

Cubs place Kyle Hendricks on injured list

Cubs righthander Kyle Hendricks has been placed on the injured list after leaving his Tuesday night start early due to soreness in his throwing shoulder.

Hendricks had his shortest start of the season, lasting just three innings in Chicago’s 8-3 victory over the Brewers. He threw 69 pitches and his velocity was lower than usual.

Hendricks is 4-6 with a 4.80 ERA this season.

Bruce Meyer promoted by MLBPA

Bruce Meyer was promoted to deputy executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association after leading the union’s negotiations during a 99-day lockout that ended in March.

Meyer’s title is unusual for the union. Since Marvin Miller was hired as executive director in 1966, the only previous person to hold the deputy title was Tony Clark. He was promoted to the role from director of player services in July 2013 after union head Michael Weiner was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Clark took over following Weiner’s death that November.


The 61-year-old Meyer is a longtime sports law attorney and litigator. He spent 30 years at Weil, Gotshal & Manges before joining the NHL Players Association in 2016 as senior director of collective bargaining, policy and legal.

Miguel Cabrera paces Tigers in finale of four-game sweep of Guardians

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning as part of his three RBI-day to help the Tigers beat the Guardians, 8-2, Wednesday in Detroit, completing a four-game sweep against Cleveland for the first time since 2013. Tigers’ pitcher Michael Pineda (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings, then four teammates combined to pitch four innings of scoreless relief. Detroit is 7-2 against the Guardians this year and is set up to win the season series against them for the first time since 2015… Andrew Vaughn tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Leury Garcia hit a game-ending single in the 10th to give the White Sox a 9-8 victory over the Twins. …Bo Bichette hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays rallied past the Athletics, 2-1, to snap a five-game losing streak … P.J. Higgins hit a tiebreaking two-out double off Josh Hader in the ninth inning, and the Cubs rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Brewers. After Brewers starter Corbin Burnes threw seven shutout innings, the Cubs broke through against Milwaukee’s bullpen by scoring in each of the last two frames. The Cubs took two of three at Milwaukee and have followed a 10-game losing streak by winning four straight series.


Shohei Ohtani wins fifth straight as Angels top Marlins

Shohei Ohtani allowed one unearned run in seven dominant innings and had the go-ahead hit as the Angels snapped Miami’s six-game winning streak with a 5-2 win. The reigning AL MVP won his fifth consecutive start, limiting the Marlins to two hits. Ohtani (8-4) walked three and struck out 10 before 18,741, the fourth largest crowd at loanDepot Park in Miami this season . . . Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario hit back-to-back homers, Max Fried threw six strong innings and the Braves beat the slumping Cardinals, 3-0 . . . Josiah Gray struck out a career-high 11 and shook off Kyle Schwarber’s second consecutive two-homer game, helping last-place the Nationals beat the Phillies, 3-2 . . Spenser Watkins pitched more than six innings for the first time in his career, and the Orioles beat the Rangers, 2-1, for their first three-game sweep of the season. Watkins (2-1) allowed one run and four hits with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in his first career start against Texas, which fell to 4-17 in one-run games . . . Brandon Nimmo’s three-run homer capped a five-run 10th inning and the Mets came from behind late to beat theReds, 8-3. Starling Marte grounded an RBI double over third base off Hunter Strickland with one out in the ninth, scoring Nimmo from first to tie the game at 3. Dominic Smith’s double off Dauri Moreta (0-2) drove home pinch runner Ender Inciarte from second base with the go-ahead run in the 10th. James McCann delivered an RBI single before Nimmo’s shot sent the NL East leaders to their 20th series win this season by taking two of three from Cincinnati