Braves win McCann homecoming: ‘One of those moments I’ll think about when I’m done playing’

By | Brian McCann
ATLANTA — The oldest dude on the Braves’ active roster caught a game in frigid, blustery conditions Sunday night in Philadelphia, flew back on the team charter that landed after 2 a.m. in Atlanta, didn’t get home to Suwanee until about 4:30 a.m. and woke up Monday and drove to Cobb County and SunTrust Park at 12:45 p.m. to catch another — the 1,673rd game of his 15-year major-league career.

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Sox officially sign Sale to 5-year extension

By | Chris Sale

March 23, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. — When the Red Sox made a blockbuster trade with the White Sox for Chris Sale in December 2016, the only guarantee was that they’d have the powerful lefty for three seasons. The marriage between the ace pitcher and the defending World Series champions will extend far beyond that.

The Red Sox officially signed Sale on Saturday to a five-year, $145 million contract extension. Sale will earn his $15 million club option this season, and the new deal will start in ’20 and run through the ’24 season.

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Mathis to mentor Rangers pitchers, catchers

By | Jeff Mathis

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa already have a nickname for Jeff Mathis.

The Wizard.

“I think me and Izzy were picking his brain the first day we were out there, already,” Trevino said. “He probably didn’t know our names yet, and we were like ‘Hey, why are you doing this? Why are you doing that?'”

Catching school is now open in Rangers camp with Mathis as the head instructor. Mathis is a 14-year veteran with an outstanding reputation for defense and working with pitchers. The Rangers signed him to a two-year deal to be their No. 1 catcher, but also to mentor Kiner-Falefa, Trevino and other young catchers in the organization.

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