Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn was undergoing surgery Tuesday to remove a new cancerous tumor inside his right cheek. Gwynn, now San Diego...
SAN DIEGO — Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn was undergoing surgery Tuesday to remove a new cancerous tumor inside his right cheek.
Gwynn, now San Diego State’s baseball coach, previously had a malignant growth removed from the same spot in August 2010.
Gwynn’s wife, Alicia, told ESPN that doctors do not believe the cancer has spread outside of Gwynn’s salivary gland.
But she said she expected to know more after Tuesday’s operation at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego.
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Gwynn had blamed the original growth on his use of smokeless tobacco.
Gwynn is expected to miss a month of the season for the Aztecs.
Maddon gets three-year extension
Joe Maddon insisted all along that he wasn’t interested in managing any other team than Tampa Bay.
And apparently the Rays feel the same about Maddon. A person familiar with the deal said that the Rays and Maddon had agreed on a three-year contract extension after the manager led the Rays to the playoffs three of the past four seasons.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet made an official announcement. The Rays have scheduled a news conference at Tropicana Field to make a “special announcement” on Wednesday.
The Rays are 495-477, have won two AL East titles and made the playoffs three times in six seasons under the 58-year-old Maddon. They made their only World Series appearance in 2008 and lost to the Texas Rangers in the divisional round the past two years.
• Michael Pineda started his New York Yankees career a little early.
The All-Star pitcher acquired from Seattle last month joined pre-spring training workouts at the Yankees’ minor-league complex. “I’m excited because it’s my first time,” Pineda said. “I’m working hard to help my team make it to the playoffs.”
The Mariners and Yankees made a four-player trade that sent promising slugger Jesus Montero and pitcher Hector Noesi to the Mariners for Pineda and pitching prospect Jose Campos.
• Four years later, the Chicago White Sox finally signed Kosuke Fukudome — and for a fraction of the price he cost the Cubs.
The outfielder agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $1 million. He will get a $500,000 salary this year, and the White Sox have a $3.5 million option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout.
Now 34, Fukudome joined the Cubs for the 2008 season with a $48 million, four-year contract.
“We were aggressive,” White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn said. “For reasons that I think he fairly clearly outlined at the time, he decided to go with the opportunity on the North Side over ours.”
• The Baltimore Orioles and center fielder Adam Jones have agreed to a $6.15 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Jones made $3.25 million last season, when he hit .280 and set career highs in games (151), doubles (26), homers (25) and runs batted in (83).
• Milwaukee has won its arbitration case against reliever Jose Veras, giving teams a 4-2 lead over players this year. Veras was awarded a $2 million salary by a three-person panel rather than his request for $2,375,000.
• The Kansas City Royals have exercised their option on manager Ned Yost to keep him with the club through the 2013 season.
Yost was hired in May 2010 to replace Trey Hillman. He signed a two-year extension that July that included a club option for next season.
Yost is just 126-163 since taking over the Royals