Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Jan 18 (The Sports Xchange) - The Los Angeles Angels and right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen exchanged arbitration figures Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Jepsen is asking for $1.625 million for 2014 while the Angels are offering $1.3 million. Jepsen went 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 45 appearances last year. He struck out 36 and walked 14 in 36 innings. - - - The New York Mets re-signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract, ESPN New York reported. Quintanilla batted .222 in 359 plate appearances last year. ...

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Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Dec 21 (The Sports Xchange) - The Texas Rangers and free-agent outfielder Choo Shin-soo agreed to a seven-year, $130 million contract, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. Choo reportedly had talks with his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, as well as the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, among others. The Rangers' biggest offseason priority is to improve their offense. They targeted Choo as a top-of-the-order threat. He had a .423 on-base percentage for Cincinnati this year. ...

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Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays (Reuters)

By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish. Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them. They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston. ...

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Baseball-Season that promised so much delivers little for Blue Jays (Reuters)

By Steve Keating TORONTO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A season that promised so much and delivered so little for Toronto Blue Jays fans came to a dreary end on Sunday with the city's World Series dreams buried under the rubble of a last place finish. Labeled championship contenders after a lavish off-season spending spree, the Blue Jays never came close to living up to the hype or expectations heaped on them. They finished bottom of the American League East, a shocking 23 games behind division champions Boston. ...

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Marlins 1, Tigers 0 Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit. Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately scored when Luke Putkonen (1-3) then threw a wild pitch. Alvarez nevertheless produced the third no-hitter in baseball this season and the sixth in Marlins' history. He allowed just one walk -- in the ninth -- and threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes. ...

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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

Sept 29 (Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Marlins 1, Tigers 0 Henderson Alvarez pitched a no-hitter, and Miami scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Detroit. Giancarlo Stanton singled and ultimately scored when Luke Putkonen (1-3) then threw a wild pitch. Alvarez nevertheless produced the third no-hitter in baseball this season and the sixth in Marlins' history. He allowed just one walk -- in the ninth -- and threw 99 pitches, 66 for strikes. ...

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Baseball-Highlights of Saturday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

(Adds later games) Sept 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games. - - Rangers 7, Angels 4 It's down to one game and the Texas Rangers still have life after they ran their winning streak to six with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark. Texas (90-71) came into the day one game behind both Tampa Bay and Cleveland in the race for the American League's two wild-card spots and joined the Rays with the win after Tampa fell to Toronto. Every Rangers starter had at least one hit. Ian Kinsler scored twice. ...

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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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Baseball-Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

Sept 27 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Friday's Major League Baseball games. - - Blue Jays 6, Rays 3 R.A. Dickey pitched into the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays took advantage of a season-high three errors by the Tampa Bay Rays to post a 6-3 victory. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Rays (90-70), who entered the game occupying the first American League wild-card spot. The Rays had committed only 56 errors this season, the second lowest total behind Baltimore, who have committed just 52. ...

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Baseball-Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games (Reuters)

Sept 26 (The Sports XChange) - Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games. - - Rays 4, Yankees 0 Mariano Rivera pitched one and a third innings in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium, but it was in a non-save situation as the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep with a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees. After getting the second out in the ninth, long time team mates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter walked to the mound and shared an embrace with Rivera. Rivera exited with tears in his eyes, tipped his cap to the crowd and accepted hugs from team. ...

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