MLB roundup: Milestone day for Yankees, personal-services contracts banned

Published: Saturday, April 21 2012 12:09 a.m. MDT

New York's Nick Swisher celebrates with Raul Ibanez, left, and Curtis Granderson, right.

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BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez took over fifth place with his 631st career home run, Eric Chavez added two homers and the New York Yankees spoiled the Boston Red Sox 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park with a 6-2 win Friday.

Rodriguez' solo shot on the first pitch of the fifth inning put him past Ken Griffey Jr. and 29 homers behind Willie Mays' fourth-place total of 660. Derek Jeter moved into 18th place with his 3,111th career hit, passing Dave Winfield.

The victory came exactly 100 years after the Red Sox beat the Yankees' forerunner, the New York Highlanders, 7-6 in 11 innings.

TWINS 5, RAYS 4: At St. Petersburg, Josh Willingham extended his season-opening hitting streak to 14 games with a go-ahead three-run double.

Willingham's hit in the seventh puts him one away from tying Kirby Puckett's team mark of hitting safely in 15 straight games to start the 1994 season.

BLUE JAYS 4, ROYALS 3: At Kansas City, Mo., Jose Bautista singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years.

ANGELS 6, ORIOLES 3: At Anaheim, Calif., Howie Kendrick had three RBIs on three hits as Jerome Williams (1-1) earned the win.

WHITE SOX 7, MARINERS 3: At Seattle, Adam Dunn collected five RBIs on a 3-for-4 outing and scored twice.

INDIANS 4, ATHLETICS 3: At Oakland, Calif., Jack Hannahan had three RBIs in a narrow win.

National League

REDS 9, CUBS 4: At Chicago, Cincinnati batted around in the first inning for the 10,000th win in franchise history, joining the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals as the only teams to reach that plateau.

Drew Stubbs drove in three runs for the Reds while the Cubs dropped their sixth straight and fell to 3-11 on the year.

CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 1: At Pittsburgh, Lance Lynn allowed only an inside-the-park homer to Alex Presley in seven innings to lead the Cardinals.

It was just the Pirates' second inside-the-parker at PNC Park since it opened in 2001.

NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 0: At Washington, Ross Detwiler allowed three hits over six innings and struck out seven, equaling a career high, while Rick Ankiel homered and had three hits.

GIANTS 4, METS 3 (10 INNINGS): At New York, Hector Sanchez hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning off Frank Francisco.

DODGERS 3, ASTROS 1: At Houston, Matt Kemp homered again, one of his three hits, and drove in two runs.

Kemp's eighth home run gave him 20 RBIs this season, tying him with Wally Moon for the Dodgers record for most home runs through 14 games.

ROCKIES 4, BREWERS 3: At Milwaukee, Michael Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking RBI single off closer John Axford in the ninth inning for the Rockies.

BRAVES 9, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, Freddie Freeman had a pair of RBI doubles and the Atlanta Braves routed the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second game in a row.

PHILLIES 4, PADRES 1: At San Diego, Juan Pierre hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning to back Cole Hamels, and the Phillies beat the Padres for their 13th straight victory at Petco Park.

NEW YORK — Baseball players and owners have banned the type of personal-services contracts agreed to by Albert Pujols and Ryan Zimmerman during the offseason.

In addition, the sides said Friday they have prohibited the bonuses for milestone accomplishments contained in the deal Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels and the agreement between Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees that began in 2008.

Only new contracts will be affected under the agreement, reached March 29, and the previous deals will be allowed to stand.

"After discussions with the players' association, both sides agreed permitting these type of special covenants was not in the interest of either party," MLB Senior Vice President Dan Halem said. "As a result, we agreed that players and clubs cannot enter into these agreements going forward."

Pujols' $240 million, 10-year contract, agreed to in December, says the Angels will offer a personal-services contract for $1 million annually for 10 years that will start with his retirement and may be declined or terminated by Pujols at any time. The contract also contains a separate marketing agreement in which the Angels agreed to pay up to $10 million for the promotion and marketing of certain milestone accomplishments.

Already signed through the 2013 season, Zimmerman agreed with the Washington Nationals in February on a new deal adding $90 million in guaranteed money over six seasons though 2019. There was a separate personal-services contract for $2 million annually over five years starting with his retirement or the end of the contract.

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