Adam Greenberg, 31, is getting a chance to resume his baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles.

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Orioles give Greenberg

minor-league deal

Adam Greenberg is getting a chance to resume his career, thanks to the Baltimore Orioles.

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The 31-year-old returned to the major leagues for one at-bat in October, more than seven years after he was beaned in his debut. He agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles and will have a chance to earn a job at their Class AAA farm team in Norfolk, Va.

“To get the opportunity with the Orioles means everything to me,” he said Saturday.

Greenberg contacted Baltimore manager Buck Showalter at the winter meetings this month in Nashville, Tenn.

“I just walked up to him, introduced myself,” Greenberg recalled. “I’ve always kind of looked at Buck and said that would be the guy that I would love to play for, that type of hard-nose mentality.”

Selected by the Chicago Cubs in the ninth round of the 2002 draft, Greenberg made his major-league debut as a pinch-hitter July 9, 2005, and was hit on the back of his head with the first pitch from the Marlins’ Valerio de los Santos. Greenberg had a concussion.

Released by the Cubs in June 2006, he played minor-league ball. Greenberg spent 2009, ’10 and ’11 with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League.

After a petition on urged a big-league team to give him another chance, the Marlins signed him and sent him up as a pinch-hitter Oct. 2 against New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Greenberg struck out on three pitches against the eventual National League Cy Young Award winner.

Ross, Arizona agree

on $26 million contract

Outfielder Cody Ross agreed to a three-year, $26 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes a team option for 2016.

Ross, whose 32nd birthday is Sunday, hit .267 with 22 homers and 81 runs batted in this year for the Boston Red Sox.

Report: Ex-player Freel

commits suicide

Ryan Freel, 36, was found dead in his Jacksonville, Fla., home in what authorities said was a suicide, according to The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville.

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office official told the newspaper Freel died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

Freel played in the major leagues from 2001 to 2009 and had a .268 batting average. Of his 594 games in the big leagues, 544 were with the Cincinnati Reds.


Messi scores 91st goal,

adding to his record

Lionel Messi capped a record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012 in FC Barcelona’s 3-1 victory at Valladolid in the Spanish league.

Messi, who is expected to win his fourth FIFA player of the year award next month, finished 2012 with 79 goals for Barcelona and 12 for the Argentina national team.

Messi surpassed Gerd Mueller’s record of 85 goals for Bayern Munich and West Germany in 1972.

Man City triumphs

Gareth Barry scored in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, giving second-place Manchester City a 1-0 victory over last-place Reading in the English Premier League. Manchester City (11-1-6) is three points behind rival Manchester United (14-3-0).


• Freestyle skiers Bryon Wilson and Heather McPhie of Montana won titles at a World Cup dual moguls event in Kreischberg, Austria.

Vera Zvonareva of Russia has withdrawn from next month’s Australian Open tennis tournament because of a right-shoulder injury.

“I will not be able to go to Australia this year … my body is not 100 percent recovered,” the 28-year-old Zvonareva said.

• The Mountain West and CBS Sports Network have restructured their contract to allow the conference to sell football and basketball games the network doesn’t choose to televise to other networks.

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