Friday, January 19, 2018
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Yanks' shushing relievers cease their public spat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Joba Chamberlain likened Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to his brother, and squabbles between brothers are bound to happen.

Their spat happened Saturday while Rivera was talking to reporters in the dugout about an emotional meeting with Kansas City fans earlier in the day. Chamberlain was on the field yelling over the dugout to members of his family.

At one point, Rivera told Chamberlain to lower his voice. Once Rivera's interview was done, Chamberlain told Rivera in front of reporters: "Don't ever shush me."

On Sunday, Chamberlain said the two put the issue to rest. "It's one of those things, I'm around him more than I'm around my family," Chamberlain said. "He's a brother to me. I'm pretty sure everyone has an argument with their sibling. We laughed and joked this morning. It's just another day."

It wasn't just another argument, though. The tension between the relievers was real.

Rivera seemed to get sidetracked more than once Saturday while Chamberlain bellowed in the background, and jokingly asked, "Is this guy always loud like this?" Rivera then shouted to Chamberlain, "Joba! Yo, bro, shush. Stop it."

Chamberlain barked back that Rivera speaks to reporters every day, but "I don't get to see my family every day." When Rivera's interview ended, Chamberlain said: "Seriously. Don't ever shush me again. I don't get to see my family very often."

On Sunday, Chamberlain said that no apologies were even necessary. "For what?" he asked.

More Yanks: Rivera was honored before Sunday's game against the Royals, his last scheduled visit to Kauffman Stadium, the place where he tore knee ligaments shagging fly balls last year. Rivera later closed and now has converted his last 29 chances against the Royals dating to Aug. 18, 1998, his longest active streak against any team.

Cubs lock up Rizzo: 1B Anthony Rizzo, 23, agreed to a seven-year, $41 million deal, his agent confirmed to espnchicago.com. Two club options at the back end could make the deal worth $73 million over nine years. Rizzo is hitting .288 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Rockies' Cuddyer sidelined: OF Michael Cuddyer, among the league leaders with a .319 average, seven homers, eight doubles and 23 RBIs, was put on the 15-day DL with a neck injury. The 34-year-old is expected to have an MRI exam early this week.

Cardinals: RHP Jake Westbrook (elbow inflammation) will go to the 15-day DL, and is expected to miss two starts. The team will get the contract of LHP John Gast.

Nationals: After missing two games with an ingrown toenail, OF Bryce Harper went 0-for-2 with two walks to stretch his slump to 4-for-35.

Orioles: LHP Wei-Yin Chen left his start against the Twins after five shutout innings with a right oblique strain. "I just had a weird feeling, and I just tried to be strong and finish out the inning," Chen said through a translator. He will be re-evaluated today.

Reds: Dusty Baker got his 1,603rd win as a manager, moving past Hall of Famer Fred Clarke into sole possession of 17th on the career list, 16 behind Ralph Houk. Baker, 63, in his 20th season as a manager, is 1,603-1,448 (.525).

Red Sox: OF Shane Victorino crashed into the rightfield wall in the fourth against Toronto while catching Colby Rasmus' drive. Victorino fell to the ground, writhing in pain. He stayed in the game but left after the sixth and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

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