Sizemore earns job
Former Indians star center fielder Grady Sizemoreís long journey back from a series of injuries that almost ended his promising career is complete: He will be the Boston Red Soxís starting center fielder on opening day.
The three-time All-Star is set to play for the World Series champions Monday at Baltimore.
ďItís very exciting,Ē Sizemore said Friday. ďItís been a long road for me and Iím happy to keep moving forward and to be in this position for this team.Ē
Sizemore beat out highly regarded prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. for the starting job. The Red Sox said Friday that Bradley will begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Sizemore has not played in the majors since September 2011 with the Indians. He has undergone seven operations since 2009, including surgery on both knees, his back and elbow.
Sizemore, 31, hit .333 in spring training, going 13-for-39 with a home run, two doubles, three walks, and four strikeouts.
He held up well in the outfield, playing 82 innings.
Cabrera gets record deal
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who will turn 31 April 18, will earn a baseball-record $292 million over the next decade under a $248 million, eight-year deal with the Detroit Tigers through 2023. Cabrera is due $44 million over the final two years of his $152.3 million, eight-year contract that runs through 2015.
The contractís average of $31 million tops the previous mark of $30,714,286 set by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw in his $215 million, seven-year deal in January.
The total commitment tops the record set by New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a $275 million, 10-year agreement in 2007.
Hamels goes on DL
Cole Hamels was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Philadelphia Phillies with left biceps tendinitis. The move was made retroactive to March 21. He had been sidelined all spring until tossing two innings in a minor-league game Thursday.
Arizona loses reliever
The Arizona Diamondbacks say reliever David Hernandez has a damaged ligament in his right elbow that could result in season-ending surgery. The team said an MRI showed a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and that Hernandez will get a second opinion.
The right-hander is an important part of the Arizona reliever corps, usually in the setup role. He had an off year in 2013, going 5-6 with a 4.48 ERA and two saves in eight tries. In 2012, Hernandez was 2-3 with a 2.50 ERA.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sportís revenue could top $9 billion this year. Major League Baseball reached $8 billion for the first time in 2013, up from less than $2 billion when Selig became acting commissioner in 1992.