Speedy Billy Hamilton takes over Reds leadoff spot (The Associated Press)

Billy Hamilton is a very impatient person. ''I do everything fast,'' Cincinnati's speedy outfielder said, not wasting a moment before launching into an answer. Hamilton will be getting everything started for Cincinnati this season. Back in Cincinnati, they're already wearing ''Run Billy Run'' shirts and waiting for the first time he reaches base and gets the entire ballpark on its feet and focused on his feet.

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Trumbo, Anderson dealt as winter meetings pick up (The Associated Press)

Halfway through the winter meetings, the highlight is a three-team trade that sent slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona. The Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from Arizona for left-hander Hector Santiago, and the Diamondbacks then sent Santiago and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels for Trumbo. Arizona also will receive a player to be named or cash from each of the other teams. ''It's nice when you're able to have three clubs up here all feeling good about things,'' White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said after Tuesday's deal.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence agree to a five-year, $90 million contract, CBSSports.com reported on Saturday. The deal, which is still pending a physical, could be officially announced on Sunday. It reportedly includes a no-trade clause. Giants chief executive Larry Baer and Pence spoke at Pence's locker after Friday night's game while reporters were present. Baer said he only congratulated Pence for winning the team's Willie Mac Award, given to the team's most inspirational player. ...

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MLB Roundup: Giants, Pence set for new deal (The SportsXchange)

The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence agree to a five-year, $90 million contract, CBSSports.com reported Saturday.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sept 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves outfielder Reed Johnson were each suspended one game for their roles in Wednesday's bench-clearing incident at Turner Field, Major League Baseball announced. The incident started after Gomez admired his home run for too long. He did apologize after the game, which Milwaukee won 4-0. Braves catcher Brian McCann and first baseman Freddie Freeman were fined but not suspended. ...

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Brewers’ Gomez, Braves’ Johnson suspended (The SportsXchange)

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves outfielder Reed Johnson were each suspended one game for their roles in Wednesday's bench-clearing incident at Turner Field, Major League Baseball announced.

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Carlos Gomez and Reed Johnson suspended after Braves-Brewers scuffle (Big League Stew)

Carlos Gomez admittedly "pimped it up" when he hit a first-inning home run Wednesday night against the Atlanta Braves . First he admired his shot, then he squawked at opposing players as he rounded the bases. When the benches cleared a minute later, Braves outfielder Reed Johnson ran onto the field and took a swing at Gomez. For their actions, they've each been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount. Unwritten rules of baseball might have been violated, but rest assured someone will be writing a check. Both players can appeal, but Mike Vassallo of the Brewers says that Gomez won't. He'll miss Thursday night's (meaningless) game at Citi Field against the New York Mets.

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Pridie joins O’s, Schoop gets first MLB start (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)

BALTIMORE – Chris Dickerson had an MRI on his right hamstring, and because he’s not available, the Orioles purchased the contract of outfielder Jason Pridie from Norfolk.

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sept 20 (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Yankees announced Friday that left-hander Andy Pettitte is retiring at the end of the season. Pettitte retired in 2011 but came back a year later. He is 15-14 with a 3.60 ERA in the past two seasons. Pettitte, 41, makes his next start on Sunday, and that will be his final start at Yankee Stadium. The team is also honoring Mariano Rivera, who is retiring. - - Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking his jaw when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 21. ...

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Braves’ Heyward to wear mask in game vs Cubs (The Associated Press)

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the disabled list, and he'll wear a special face mask to protect his jaw when he bats leadoff Friday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs.

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