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MLB notebook: Dodgers’ Kershaw captures Spahn Award

Associated Press

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was selected the winner of the 2013 Warren Spahn Award.

The award is presented by the Oklahoma City Bricktown Rotary Club and the Jim Thorpe Association to the top left-handed pitcher in the Major Leagues. It’s named for Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn, whose 363 career wins are the most by a left-hander.

Kershaw was named the winner Friday after going 16-9 in 2013 with 232 strikeouts and a 1.83 ERA. He also won the award in 2011.

Kershaw said in a statement that he’s humbled to receive the award. He will be presented with the award during a ceremony in Oklahoma City in January.

Kershaw and the Dodgers are currently in St. Louis where they open the National League championship series Friday night.

Frasor, Texas set on deal

Reliever Jason Frasor agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year deal to remain with the Texas Rangers rather than become a free agent.

The 36-year-old right-hander went 4-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 61 appearances in his first season with the Rangers. Opponents hit a career-low .203 against him.

Over his final 41 appearances since June, Frasor allowed eight earned runs over 35 innings, a 2.06 ERA.

The 10-year major league veteran is 30-34 with a 3.67 ERA in 586 career appearances, all in relief. He agreed to a $1.5 million deal with the Rangers in January after spending nine seasons in Toronto, except for the end of the 2011 season with the Chicago White Sox. He earned $400,000 in performance bonuses based on games.

San Jose suit dismissed

The city of San Jose’s antitrust claims against Major League Baseball were dismissed by a federal judge, who allowed the city to pursue allegations of contract interference in connection with the Oakland Athletics’ stalled relocation plans.

U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte in San Jose ruled that MLB’s antitrust exemption, created by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1922, barred most of the claims in San Jose’s lawsuit. The city filed the lawsuit in June, accusing MLB of conspiring to stop the team’s proposal to move to a planned ballpark in downtown San Jose. MLB defines San Jose and its suburbs as the exclusive territory of the San Francisco Giants.

Whyte rejected San Jose’s contention that the antitrust exemption was limited to the player reserve system and ruled it includes MLB’s “business interests,” such as relocation issues.

San Jose’s outsider lawyer, Joe Cotchett, said he plans to appeal the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judge did allow San Jose to pursue claims MLB interfered with the city’s contract with the A’s.



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