Royals pitcher takes cut
Pitcher Aaron Crow, a 2011 All-Star for the Kansas City Royals, agreed to a $1.28 million, one-year contract that represents the maximum 20 percent cut.
Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft. He agreed that September to a $3 million, three-year contract that included a $1.5 million signing bonus and a major-league salary of $1.1 million in 2012. He was 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 72 relief appearances last season, a year after he made the AL All-Star team as a rookie.
Kansas City also agreed Saturday to one-year deals with right-handers Luis Mendoza ($532,000), Louis Coleman ($511,000) and Guillermo Moscoso ($504,250), and left-hander Francisley Bueno ($492,650).
Around the leagues
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo has a minor groin strain that will cause him to miss his next spring training start and could limit him from playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. … San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was scratched from a start against the Chicago Cubs because of a blister on his right middle finger. … New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson says Johan Santana is becoming “less and less likely” to be ready for the team’s opener against San Diego on April 1.
World Baseball Classic
Andruw Jones got two hits and Diegomar Markwell and Orlando Yntema combined for seven innings of four-hit ball to help the Netherlands upset South Korea 5-0 in the World Baseball Classic in Taipei, Taiwan. Roger Bernadina drove in two runs and Dutch shortstop Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5, including two doubles. Markwell (1-0) struck out two and allowed two hits in four innings. Host Taiwan beat Australia 4-1 in the other Group B game.
Two-time defending champion Japan had to rally to beat Brazil 5-3 in Fukuoka, Japan. Japan trailed 3-2 before adding three runs in the top of the eighth inning.