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|• The Red Sox locked up their ace of the future -- perhaps their ace of the present -- by reportedly inking left-hander Jon Lester to a five-year, $30 million extension on Sunday. Lester, who tossed a no-hitter on May 19 this past season, went 16-6 with a 3.21 ERA in 2008.|
|• Cuba showed off its power in its World Baseball Classic matchup against South Africa. How much power? Well, Cuba hit a tournament-record six homers in an 8-1 pounding. Frederich Cepeda led the way, hitting two HRs.||WORST|
|• Ervin Santana had a breakout year in 2008. He starts 2009 with a bad break. The Angels' right-hander is experiencing elbow trouble and will be shut down by the team. Santana went 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA a year ago. He also posted 214 strikeouts and a 1.12 WHIP.|
|• Another day, another Alex Rodriguez update. On Sunday, it was announced the Yankees third baseman will in fact undergo arthroscopic surgery on his hip and miss 6-9 weeks. "Well, it's better than him missing the whole year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It could have been a lot worse."|
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