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Judge, Yankees avoid arb., agree to $19M

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NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided an arbitration hearing Friday by agreeing to a $19 million, one-year contract, a deal that leaves the slugger on track to become a free agent after the World Series.

Unable to agree to a long-term deal in talks that ended on opening day, the sides split the difference between the proposed arbitration figures they exchanged on March 22: $21 million by Judge and $17 million by the Yankees.

Judge can make an additional $500,000 in award bonuses: $250,000 for MVP and $250,000 for World Series MVP.

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Freeman returns to Atlanta with Dodgers

Freddie Freeman, the fan favorite who led the Braves to a World Series championship a year ago, will be wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers' uniform when he returns to Atlanta on Friday night for the start of a three-game series between the two clubs that played for the National League pennant in 2021.

The Dodgers won two of the three games between the teams in April in Los Angeles, and both enter the weekend on a roll. Atlanta just won three of four games against San Francisco and has won 18 of its past 21. Los Angeles took all three games from Cincinnati and swept the season series with the Reds for only the third time in franchise history.

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Jays coach banned 5 for contacting ump

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martinez was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Friday for a confrontation with umpire Doug Eddings.

Martinez was discplined by MLB senior vice president Michael Hill for making contact with Eddings and what MLB termed unsportmanlike conduct during the lineup cards exchange before Wednesday's game at the Chicago White Sox.

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Aaron Nola could face brother Austin

Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola will square off against Padres rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore on Friday night in San Diego.

But that's not the matchup everyone is talking about.

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Judge hit caps Yanks' 4-run rally in 9th

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a hearing Friday to determine the three-time All-Star's salary for the 2022 season.

Whatever gets decided, the verdict has already come down in the Bronx:

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Taylor, Adames power Brewers past Cards

MILWAUKEE (AP) Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a solo shot and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Thursday to split a four-game series with their NL Central rivals.

Taylor's drive to left field on a 2-1 sinker from Dakota Hudson (5-4) in the fourth inning gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead and snapped a streak of 46 1/3 innings without allowing a homer by the Cardinals right-hander.

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Gordon's HR helps Twins cool Guardians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Cleveland Guardians came to Minnesota and won their seventh consecutive series, pulling ahead of the Twins in the AL Central with five more matchups looming next week.

Too early to call it a race? Perhaps, but after three straight one-run games there's no denying these division rivals will match up the rest of the way.

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Rutschman leads O's past hobbled ChiSox

CHICAGO (AP) Touted rookie Adley Rutschman homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the banged-up Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Thursday night.

Ryan Mountcastle had two doubles among his three hits as the Orioles won their second in a row and third in four. Dean Kremer tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings before three relievers finished off a nine-hit shutout backed by several nifty catches from Baltimore outfielders.

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Rangers, Giants swap OFs Calhoun, Duggar

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Willie Calhoun, who was the main return for the Texas Rangers when they traded All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish five years ago.

Calhoun was traded by Texas to the Giants for Steven Duggar on Thursday in a swap of outfielders who both bat left-handed and throw right-handed.

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