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July 3, 2015 - 8:02pm
19 min 55 sec ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stanley Cup winner Brandon Saad signed a six-year, $36 million contract with his new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Friday.

Saad, 22, was acquired from Chicago earlier this week. He will be with the Blue Jackets through the 2020-2021 season, and is expected to play on the team's top line alongside center Ryan Johansen.

Saad, who was vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina when the contract was finalized, said: "I've...

July 3, 2015 - 7:36pm
19 min 54 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Radamel Falcao has reached an agreement to stay in the English Premier League with champion Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco following a lackluster stint at Manchester United.

United rejected the opportunity to permanently sign the Colombian forward, who scored four goals in 29 appearances during a 2014-15 season.

The 29-year-old Falcao is being reunited at Chelsea with former Atletico Madrid teammates Thibaut Courtois, Filipe...

July 3, 2015 - 7:33pm
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BOSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros recalled Dan Straily, Friday night's starting pitcher, from Triple-A Fresno for their game against the Boston Red Sox.

To make room, the team optioned right-hander Michael Feliz to Fresno.

On Thursday, outfielder George Springer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist.

Outfielder Alex Presley was selected from Fresno to take Springer's spot on the roster....

July 3, 2015 - 7:17pm
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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have activated right fielder Shane Victorino from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against Houston.

The 34-year old Victorino was placed on the DL on May 24 with a strained left calf.

To make room, the club optioned outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox placed catcher Blake Swihart on the 15-day DL with a sprained left foot and selected right-hander Noe...

July 3, 2015 - 7:14pm
19 min 54 sec ago

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 Friday to tie Scott Langley for the lead after the second round of the Greenbrier Classic.

They were at 9-under 131 on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

Twenty-three golfers were within three shots of the lead, including seven at 8 under.

Vegas made five birdies during a bogey-free round, including two of his final three holes. He hasn't won since...

July 3, 2015 - 7:10pm
19 min 54 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin is to start Saturday against Colorado in his first big league appearance in more than 1 ½ years.

"The stars aligned," manager Chip Hale said Friday. "He's ready to go. His arm's ready. He's physically ready and mentally ready, then get him going."

Corbin was an NL All-Star in 2013, when he went 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and 178 strikeouts in his first full big league season. He had Tommy John surgery on...

July 3, 2015 - 7:03pm
19 min 54 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed outfielder Shane Robinson on family emergency leave.

Robinson traveled to Boston after his infant daughter underwent emergency surgery. Manager Paul Molitor said Friday that Robinson would not return to the team before Sunday.

The Twins recalled Aaron Hicks from a rehab assignment and he started in center field Friday night against the Kansas City Royals. Hicks hit .247 in 28 games before going...

July 3, 2015 - 6:52pm
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have designated veteran relievers Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment and activated catcher Alex Avila off the disabled list.

Chamberlain struggled all season as Joakim Soria's set-up man. In his last seven games, including six Tigers losses, he had a 14.40 ERA and allowed opponents to post a .444 batting average with four homers in five innings.

Gorzelanny was brought in as a veteran lefty, but posted...

July 3, 2015 - 6:39pm
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton says the only significance of playing the Los Angeles Angels is limited to his return this week following a month on the disabled list.

Before Texas opened a three-game series against the Angels on Friday night, Hamilton said he had no emotions about facing the team that he played for the past two seasons. The former AL MVP says he has moved forward since he was traded to Texas on April 27, rejoining the franchise he led to a pair of...

July 3, 2015 - 6:35pm
19 min 54 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have activated first baseman James Loney from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the cleanup spot for their game against the New York Yankees.

Loney was out with a broken finger since sustaining the injury sliding headfirst into third base on May 24. He played two rehab games before his return Friday night.

"Ready to go," Loney said.

The Rays hope Loney will boost an offense that...

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