Thursday's MLB: Ramirez guaranteed $141M in 7-year deal with Guardians

Associated Press

Cleveland — All-Star third baseman José Ramírez is guaranteed $141 million under his seven-year contract with the Cleveland Guardians.

Ramirez agreed in March 2017 to a $26 million, five-year contract, a deal that included an $11 million team option for 2022 with a $2 million buyout and a $13 million option for 2023.

Cleveland Guardians' Jose Ramirez watches his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, April 13, 2022.

The superseding contract, announced Thursday, calls for salaries of $22 million this season, $14 million in 2023, $17 million in 2024, $19 million in 2025, $21 million in 2026, $23 million in 2027 and $25 million in 2028.

Ramirez turns 30 in September and would have been eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.

A three-time All-Star, Ramirez finished third in AL MVP voting in 2017 and '18, second in 2020 and sixth last season.

Cleveland also recently agreed to a $20 million, five-year contract with closer Emmanuel Clase, a deal that could be worth $38 million over seven seasons, and a $25 million, five-year contract with outfielder Myles Straw that could be worth $39.5 million over seven seasons.

Thursday's MLB Results

Mariners 5, White Sox 1: Jared Kelenic hit a two-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the second inning, and the Seattle Mariners stopped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on a windy Thursday when popups became adventures.

“It was like we were playing in a tornado,” Kelenic said.

Chicago scored in the fifth after Adam Engel’s two-out popup was blown from the middle of the infield into foul territory behind third base and dropped. Engel then reached second when his popup to the first-base side came back and kicked off the mitt of catcher Cal Raleigh in front of the plate for an error.

Jake Burger followed with a popup over the mound that drifted to the left side and fell for an RBI single, bouncing off the arms of shortstop J.P. Crawford, who tried for a basket catch with his back to the plate on the infield dirt.

“You see the ball change five different directions when it’s in the air, it’s tough to determine where it’s going to come down,” Burger said.

Logan Gilbert (1-0) allowed an unearned run and four hits in five innings, and four pitchers followed with an inning each of hitless relief.

Andrés Muñoz struck out the side on 14 pitches in the sixth, reaching 102.8 and 102.5 mph, Seattle’s fastest pitches since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

Drew Steckenrider worked around a walk in the seventh, Diego Castillo pitched a perfect eighth and Paul Sewald threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Chicago didn’t get a hit after Tim Anderson’s two-out single in the fifth.

Cal Raleigh homered off Bennett Sousa in the seventh and Mitch Haniger hit another home run against José Ruiz in the eighth, both taking advantage of 30 mph wind blowing out to left field.

Seattle Mariners' Cal Raleigh (29) watches his solo home run during the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox.

Jimmy Lambert (0-1) gave up two runs and two hits in three innings of his season debut. He walked Eugenio Suárez on four pitches before Kelenic’s blast off the right-field post.

“The four-pitch walk before that was the killer,” Lambert said. “Leadoff walks and two-out walks, they’ll always come back to bite you. It’s basic baseball. Never fails.”

Kelenic’s home run on a 114 mph drive was his first this season.

Raleigh’s homer was his second hit in eight at-bats this season. The catcher added that he was looking forward to Friday’s home-opener against the Houston Astros back in Seattle.

“Me, Logan Gilbert and (pitcher) Matt Brash all have an apartment, and we’re looking forward to it and seeing all the fans,” Raleigh said.

► Athletics 6, Rays 3: Cole Irvin pitched into the seventh inning and Oakland took three of four from Tampa Bay.

Irvin (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings as the rebuilding A’s improved to 4-3. Two of the runs off Irvin were in his final inning.

Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays.

Sean Murphy’s third-inning run-scoring double off Josh Fleming (1-1) gave Oakland a 4-1 lead. Fleming gave up five runs — three earned — and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Marlins 4, Phillies 3: Sandy Alcantara allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings, Joey Wendle had two RBIs and Miami won its home opener, downing Philadelphia.

Garrett Cooper hit his first home run of the year, while Jesús Sánchez had two hits and an RBI for Miami.

Alcantara (1-0) gave up seven hits, struck out five and walked one. Anthony Bender pitched the ninth for his second save, giving up two singles and then getting Bryce Harper to fly to left to end the game.

Harper drove in three runs and J.T. Realmuto reached base five times — four singles and a walk — for the Phillies, who have lost three straight and four of five following a 2-0 start. Kyle Gibson (1-1) gave up five hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out six.

Brewers 5, Cardinals 1: Brandon Woodruff threw five shutout innings, Omar Narváez homered and doubled, and the Milwaukee Brewers opened their home schedule with a 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Woodruff struck out two and allowed three hits and a walk to bounce back from an uncharacteristically poor performance in his first start, a 9-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Woodruff threw 65 of his 89 pitches for strikes. He faced his only serious trouble in the third inning but got out of the bases-loaded jam by retiring Tyler O’Neill on a shallow fly to right.

The Brewers gave Woodruff an early lead by scoring four runs in the first three innings off Adam Wainwright (1-1).

The Cardinals' Tommy Edman homered off Jandel Gustave in the eighth.

Pirates 9, Nationals 4:Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run home run after settling his arbitration case with a $13.5 million, two-year contract, helping Pittsburgh overcome a three-run deficit to beat Washington.

Daniel Vogelbach led off a game with a home run for the first time in the big leagues and matched his career high with four hits.

Reynolds, an All-Star center fielder, tied the score 3-3 with a drive to right-center in a four-run third inning, and Kevin Newman hit a go-ahead, two-run double.

Rookie Roansy Contreras (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of one-hit relief to win his first big league decision.

Joan Adon (0-2) allowed up six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in his third big league start.

Rangers 10, Angels 5: Jonah Heim hit a grand slam off Shohei Ohtani, Corey Seager crushed his first home run with the Rangers right after the two-way Los Angeles Angels standout was off the mound, and Texas won 10-5 on Thursday night.

Ohtani (0-2) struck out five over 3 2/3 innings, but the reigning AL MVP allowed six runs on six hits and threw only 70 pitches.

Texas Rangers' Jonah Heim  runs the bases after hitting a grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning.

Heim’s first career grand slam put Texas up 4-2 in the second inning. The switch-hitting catcher, who later added an RBI single, pulled an 0-2 pitch into the right-field seats. It was the first grand slam allowed by Ohtani in his 37 big-league starts.

The Angels led 2-0 before Ohtani threw his first pitch of the game. Mike Trout’s second homer of the season was a massive 472-foot solo shot to straightaway center and Brandon Marsh added an RBI single.

John King (1-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Texas starter Dane Dunning.

Padres 12, Braves 1: Joe Musgrove pitched 6 2/3 brilliant innings, Manny Machado homered and tied his career high with five hits, and San Diego routed Atlanta.

The sellout crowd of 44,844 at Petco Park gave Musgrove (1-0) a standing ovation as he came out of the game with two outs in the seventh and then roared after Machado hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the inning, his first.

Machado went 5 for 5, scored four runs, had two RBIs and stole two bases. Eric Hosmer had four hits while new designated hitter Luke Voit drove in three runs.

Musgrove allowed four hits, struck out six and walked none.

Braves starter Charlie Morton (1-1) allowed five runs and nine hits, struck out five, walked three and hit two batters. Ozzie Albies homered in the ninth for Atlanta.

Cubs 5, Rockies 2: Seiya Suzuki stayed hot with an RBI double in a three-run first inning, Frank Schwindel homered and drove in two, and Chicago cooled off Kris Bryant and Colorado.

Suzuki extended his hitting streak to six games since joining the majors from Japan and drove in his 10th run when the Cubs collected five straight hits against Kyle Freeland (0-2).

Bryant went 2 for 5 as the Rockies had their four-game winning streak snapped in the opener of Bryant’s second series against his former team.

Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson (1-0) entered in the fifth and got Elias Diaz to fly to right with the bases loaded to end the inning. Mychal Givens pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 0: Michael King escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs jam created by Aroldis Chapman to preserve New York's win over Toronto after Luis Severino became the first pitcher to strike out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. three times.

Guerrero struck out four times in all for the first time in his career, a night after hitting three homers and going 4 for 4.

Handed a 3-0 lead, Chapman threw just four of 16 pitches for strikes. He walked the bottom three batters in Toronto’s order: Cavan Biggio, Santiago Espinal and pinch-hitter Matt Chapman.

King came in for the first save opportunity of his career. He struck out George Springer on three pitches before inducing a game-ending double play on a soft liner from Bo Bichette.

Severino (1-0) allowed two hits in five innings, struck out six and walked two.

Jose Trevino hit RBI singles in the third and fifth innings off Kevin Gausman (0-1).