Morse to Giants for $6M
Michael Morse and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a one-year, $6 million contract Thursday, and he is expected to be the team’s starting left fielder.
The deal is pending a physical. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field.
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Morse, 31, missed time last season with a broken right pinkie and a strained right quadriceps before returning from the disabled list in late July. The nine-year veteran batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 runs batted in in 88 games between the Mariners and Orioles.
The Detroit Tigers accomplished another goal during their busy offseason, adding depth to their bullpen with Joba Chamberlain agreeing to a one-year contract.
The hard-throwing, right-handed reliever was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 earned-run average last season for the New York Yankees. He was 23-14 with five saves and a 3.85 ERA over seven seasons with the Yankees.
The Boston Red Sox finalized their two-year deal with first baseman Mike Napoli, bringing back one of the biggest hitters from the World Series team.
Napoli will earn $32 million through 2015. The terms were agreed to last week. Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI in his first season with the Red Sox.
In other baseball moves, the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Roberto Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) agreed to a one-year contract.
The Chicago Cubs obtained outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for outfielder Brian Bogusevic.
Reliever Jordan Walden and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a $1.49 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.
Outfielder Nate McLouth passed his physical and signed his two-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
Klinsmann’s deal extended
Jürgen Klinsmann, the coach of the U.S. men’s national team, agreed to a four-year contract extension, a strong show of support from U.S. Soccer only months before the World Cup in Brazil.
The deal means he will remain in charge of the team through the 2018 World Cup in Russia. As part of the deal, he added the title of technical director for U.S. Soccer, a role that will give him broad oversight over national-team programs, player development, coaching and grass-roots soccer.
The 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star Game will be against German powerhouse Bayern Munich, the reigning European and Bundesliga champion. The game will be played in August at Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers.
Jay Feaster was fired as general manager of the Calgary Flames, with the team in next-to-last place in the Western Conference. Brian Burke, the team’s president of hockey operations, will serve as acting general manager.
No. 5 Kentucky women win
Linnae Harper scored 18 points and Kastine Evans added 14 to lead No. 5 Kentucky (10-0) to a 96-85 victory over host DePaul (4-3).
Arielle Roberson scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 11 host Colorado dominated Denver 83-61 to remain unbeaten at 9-0.
Woods’ half-brother arrested
The half-brother of Tiger Woods was arrested in Phoenix for allegedly making a false bomb threat at the government building where he works.
Phoenix police said Earl Dennison Woods Jr., 58, is accused of calling in the threat at the Department of Economic Security building. More than 100 people were evacuated before Woods came forward and told police the phone call was meant as a joke and he didn’t expect his co-workers to take it seriously.
• Players will need a third day to complete the first round at the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, South Africa, after rain again disrupted the European Tour event. Englishman Daniel Brooks was still the clubhouse leader after an 8-under 62.
• Alex Cejka of Germany upstaged a star-filled field with an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship in Chon Buri.
• Canadian Olympic women’s hockey coach Dan Church resigned, saying he felt others lacked confidence in his ability to lead the country to a fourth consecutive gold medal. Hours later in Calgary, Alberta, the United States beat Canada 5-1 in an exhibition.
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