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Baseball - The Chicago White Sox gained youth and erased $23 million from their payroll Tuesday when they tentatively agreed to trade veteran pitcher Javier Vazquez, 12-16 with a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts this season, and lefthanded reliever Boone Logan to Atlanta.

Chicago is expected to receive top catching prospect Tyler Flowers, speedy infielder Brent Lillibridge, Class A third baseman Jon Gilmore and lefthander Santos Rodriguez, according to a major-league source.

The trade could be announced as soon as Vazquez passes a physical.

- The San Francisco Giants are keeping up their pursuit of free agent shortstop Edgar Renteria. The former Cardinal is the leading contender to replace 11-time Gold Glover Omar Vizquel, who was told after the season he wouldn't be re-signed. While it's unclear whether Renteria has formally been offered a contract, details on the parameters of a deal are being traded between the sides.

The Detroit Tigers declined to offer Renteria salary arbitration Monday.

- Relief pitcher Doug Brocail is staying with the Houston Astros, agreeing to a $2.75 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2010.

The righthander was a reliable setup man for Houston closer Jose Valverde this season, going 7-5 with a 3.93 ERA in a career-high 72 appearances.

- Ted Rogers, owner of the Toronto Blue Jays , died at his home on Tuesday. He was 75.

- The brother of major league catcher Henry Blanco, a free agent who played for the Chicago Cubs this season, was killed in Venezuela.

Police believe that Carlos Simon Blanco, 39, was murdered by kidnappers after they abducted him Sunday in Guarenas, a Caracas suburb. Police found the victim's bullet-riddled body on Monday.

Authorities think the kidnappers were seeking ransom for Blanco's release, according to a statement released Tuesday by Venezuela's Attorney General's Office.

- Citi Field will remain the name of the New York Mets' new ballpark following a government bailout the team believes will help the struggling bank survive its economic crisis, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.

Citigroup agreed in 2006 to pay the Mets $400 million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium, scheduled to open next year. Two New York City councilmen said last week that the $800 million ballpark's name should be changed to Citi/Taxpayer Field.

- A full World Series share was worth $351,504 for the Philadelphia Phillies, below the record $362,173 set by the Cardinals two years ago.

Major League Baseball said that the players' pool for the postseason was $51.16 million, down from $52.46 million last year and a record $55.60 million in 2006.

Phillies players received $18.42 million and split it among 45 full shares, 7.039 partial shares and 15 cash awards. Last year, a full share on the World Series champion Boston Red Sox was worth $308,236, with players awarding 47 full shares, 14 partial shares and 11 cash awards.

- Eri Yoshiada, a 16-year-old knuckleball pitcher, became Japan's first female professional Baseball player when she signed with the Kobe 9 Cruise in a new independent league. The team selected her last month along with 31 male players in the league draft.

GOLF - Five-time major champion Seve Ballesteros has undergone more surgery, this time to drain fluid from his brain.

A hospital in Madrid said doctors implanted a valve in Ballesteros's brain to remove fluid. The hospital said he is in stable condition and remains in intensive care.

Doctors also repaired a bone defect stemming from one of the procedures the golf great has undergone since his initial operation Oct. 24 to remove a malignant brain tumor.

SWIMMING - Michael Phelps, who broke Mark Spitz's iconic record with eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in August and became the winningest Olympian ever with his 14 career victories, is the first swimmer to be honored as Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year.

MOTOR SPORTS - NASCAR team owner Ray Evernham has bought a small North Carolina dirt track to preserve what he said is a disappearing venue for nourishing up-and-coming drivers. Evernham said he acquired the three-eighths-mile East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley from Ralph and Joanne Nantz. The sale price was not disclosed.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 4, 2008

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