Tigers trade pitcher Fister to Nationals for 3 players
The Detroit Tigers traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players Monday.
Ex-Mariner Fister, 29, was 14-9 with a 3.67 earned-run average for Detroit this year. The right-hander joins a Nationals rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez.
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The Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor-league lefty Robbie Ray to Detroit.
Athletics deal for Johnson, reportedly will add Kazmir
The Oakland Athletics acquired reliever Jim Johnson — the American League saves leader in each of the last two seasons — from the Baltimore Orioles as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour, who became a free agent after the season.
Johnson, 30, had 50 saves this year and 51 in 2012 for the Orioles.
The A’s got Johnson for infielder Jemile Weeks, 26, and a player to be named, capping a busy day for general manager Billy Beane.
Left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to a $22 million, two-year contract with Oakland, according to multiple media reports.
Kazmir, 29, went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA last season for the Cleveland Indians.
The Kazmir move makes it unlikely 40-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon, one of Oakland’s two All-Stars last season, will be with the A’s next year.
Ryan, Yankees finalize deal
Infielder Brendan Ryan has agreed to a two-year contract worth at least $5 million to remain with the New York Yankees in a deal that includes team and player options for 2016.
The 31-year-old was acquired from the Mariners on Sept. 10, a day before Yankees officials said captain Derek Jeter would be sidelined for the rest of the season.
Ryan hit .220 with one homer in 17 games for New York and finished the season with a .197 average.
Ryan gets $2 million in each of the next two seasons, and the Yankees have a $2 million option for 2016. If the team declines the option, Ryan would have a $1 million player option.
Meanwhile, the Yankees traded catcher Chris Stewart, 31, to Pittsburgh for a player to be named.
WCC honors Pangos again
Gonzaga junior guard Kevin Pangos was selected the West Coast Conference men’s player of the week for the second consecutive week.
Pangos averaged 22 points on 54 percent shooting and 4.5 assists as the Zags went 3-1 for the week.
Arizona rises to 2nd in poll
The Michigan State men’s team (7-0) stayed at No. 1 for a third straight week in the Associated Press media poll.
Arizona advanced from fourth to second. The Wildcats are among three Pac-12 teams in the Top 25. Oregon is 13th and UCLA is 18th.
Gonzaga (7-1) is 19th, down from No. 11 after losing to Dayton 84-79 in Hawaii on Nov. 25.
California improves to 6-2
David Kravish had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jabari Bird added 14 points and host California beat UC Irvine 73-56 .
Kravish made 9 of 15 shots to help the Golden Bears improve to 6-2.
Pele to appear at Cup draw
Pele is to appear at Friday’s draw for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but his role is being kept secret.
It hadn’t been clear whether Pele, 73, would be participating in the event in Costa do Sauipe. But organizers confirmed the soccer icon will be part of the broadcast to about 250 million viewers in more than 190 countries.
“He will be the ‘wow’ moment of the show,” said Luiz Gleiser, the event’s artistic manager.
Pele is a World Cup ambassador for the Brazilian government, but he was not involved in the Confederations Cup draw a year ago.
Weight, Guerin enter Hall
Doug Weight and Bill Guerin, who were each four-time NHL All-Star forwards and three-time Olympians, were inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Detroit.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, former college coach Ron Mason and ex-U.S. women’s standout Cindy Curley also were inducted.
• Michael Waltrip Racing has hired Jeff Burton as a test driver, with the possibility of Burton running a partial NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule next year.
Team co-owner Michael Waltrip is scheduled to drive the No. 66 Toyota in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.
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