Former Dayton Dragons shortstop Didi Gregorius homered twice Wednesday to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in the decisive Game 5 of their American League Division Series.
The Bronx Bombers were down 0-2 in the best-of-five series before winning the last three games to advance to the American League Championship Series. They will play against the Houston Astros starting Friday.
Gregorius, who took over at shortstop for the Yankees after Derek Jeter retired following the 2014 season, batted .287 with 25 HR and 87 RBI in 136 regular-season games with New York this year. He was a Cincinnati Reds prospect when he played in the Midwest League, batting .273 with 5 HR, 41 RBI and 16 SB in 120 games with the 2010 Dragons.
Red Sox fire Farrell
The Boston Red Sox fired manager John Farrell on Wednesday, two days after the team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Astros.
Farrell managed the Red Sox for five seasons. The team won the World Series in 2013, finished fifth in the AL East in 2014 and 2015, and won their division in 2016 and 2017 (but did not advance past the ALDS round in either year).
Farrell pitched in the Midwest League in 1984. He went 0-5 with a 6.44 ERA, two complete games, 29 strikeouts and 33 walks in 43.1 innings (nine starts) for the Waterloo Indians.
Angels get Pena from Cubs
The Los Angeles Angels acquired RHP Felix Pena from the Chicago Cubs on Monday, in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
Pena split the 2017 season between Triple-A and the major-league level. He played in the Midwest League in 2012 and 2013. He pitched 10 innings for the 2012 Peoria Chiefs and 103.1 innings for the 2013 Kane County Cougars, cumulatively going 4-7 with a 3.97 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 37 walks in 27 games (17 starts).