A new contract could keep Elvis Andrus, a two-time All-Star shortstop, in Texas for another decade.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Elvis Andrus is staying in Texas because he wants to win a World Series with the team that brought him to the major leagues.
The Rangers on Thursday announced a new contract that could keep the two-time All-Star shortstop in Texas for another decade. Andrus is guaranteed $120 million over an additional eight seasons through 2022, with a vesting option for 2023.
“I think as a player I treat myself as a winner and if I don’t get my ring and I don’t get this city a ring and this organization a ring, I won’t sleep,” said Andrus.
The 24-year-old is already in his fifth major-league season with two trips to the World Series.
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“I love everything here. I love Texas. They treat me well,” he said.
Andrus, whose agent is Scott Boras, could have become a free agent after the 2014 season. Now that can’t happen until 2018 through an opt-out clause in the new deal.
With the two years left on his current deal at more than $11.2 million, Andrus would earn more than $131 million over 10 seasons.
NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera made a successful return to the mound, throwing a called third strike past 22-year-old Jackie Bradley Jr. to secure New York’s 4-2 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium.
“I was waiting for 11 months,” said Rivera.
It the 43-year-old Rivera’s first save since April 30 last year. Knee surgery ended his 2012 season prematurely, and Rivera has announced this will be his last season.
By appearing in his 19th Yankees season, Rivera broke a tie with Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Derek Jeter to set the franchise mark. Jeter will match Rivera again when the shortstop makes his season debut.
It was Rivera’s record 609th career save, and the 69th time he has saved a regular-season win for Andy Pettitte, a major-league record. The 40-year-old Pettitte has 246 career wins.
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• Orioles 1B Chris Davis went 7 for 11 with 11 RBI in the Orioles’ three-game series at Tampa Bay. He homered in each game. Only three players — Willie Mays, Mark McGwire and Nelson Cruz — have homered in four straight games to start a season.
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• Justin Ruggiano’s homer at Washington snapped the Marlins’ season-opening scoreless streak at 19 innings. The 1943 St. Louis Cardinals began the season with a 26 scoreless innings, a post-1900 major-league record.
• Jose Valverde, who led the American League with 49 saves just two years ago, agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with the Tigers. Valverde, 35, will be assigned to AAA Toledo.
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