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Breslow, Red Sox finalize 1-year deal.


Breslow, Red Sox finalize 1-year deal

Left-handed relief pitcher Craig Breslow and the Boston Red Sox finalized their $2 million, one-year contract. The deal, agreed to in mid-December, was announced by the Red Sox on Wednesday. Breslow was acquired from Arizona late in the 2012 season. The 34-year-old has pitched in 120 games for the Red Sox during the past two years, including 60 in 2014 after starting the season on the disabled list. He finished last season with a 5.96 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 28 walks. Breslow made his big-league debut in 2005 with San Diego and also has played for Cleveland, Minnesota and Oakland. Catcher Dan Butler was designated for assignment to make room for Breslow on the 40-man roster.

Infielder Nick Punto agreed to a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training. If the Diamondbacks add Punto to their 40-man roster, they will only have to pay him the major league minimum of $507,500 -- or a prorated share if he's added after Opening Day. Punto is guaranteed $2.75 million from the Oakland Athletics, who released him in December.


Redskins working on deal for GM

The Washington Redskins were working on the final details of a deal to hire Scot McCloughan as general manager, a move that marks a major shift in front-office philosophy under owner Dan Snyder after 16 years of mostly losing seasons.

New York Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham pleaded not guilty to New Jersey charges that he shared explicit photos of a female friend. Cunningham entered his plea during a brief court hearing in Union County.

Suburban Atlanta police say Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested on charges including DUI, reckless driving and speeding.


Cavs get Mozgov in Nuggets trade

The Cavaliers filled their biggest need, acquiring center Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets for two future first-round draft picks. The Cavs announced their second major trade in three days during the first half of Wednesday night's game against Houston. Cleveland sent two protected 2015 first-round picks to Denver for the 7-foot-1 Mozgov and a 2015 second-round pick.

The Clippers traded guard Jared Cunningham along with the draft rights to Cenk Akyol and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk. Cunningham appeared in 19 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 0.5 assists in 4.7 minutes. He signed with the Clippers as a free agent in September. Akyol is a 27-year-old guard from Turkey and was drafted by the Hawks in 2005.

Cavaliers star LeBron James says his injured knee and back have improved and he expects to return to the floor in the near future. James missed his sixth straight game Wednesday night with back and knee strains.


Umpire class begins Jan. 12

A new candidate high school baseball umpire class will begin Monday, Jan. 12, at Auburn High. The class, conducted by the Greater Shewsbury Umpires Board, starts at 6:30 p.m. Use the gym entrance. For more information, contact Frank Creagh at or Dan Martin at

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jan 8, 2015
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