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Wetteland charged with child sex abuse

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DENTON, Texas (AP) John Wetteland, a former All-Star and World Series MVP, has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14.

Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records. Wetteland lives in the Dallas-area suburb of Trophy Club.

Bartonville Police Chief Bobby Dowell said the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services contacted his office last week. After an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Wetteland, who was taken into custody by Denton County sheriff's deputies.


Longtime Bucs broadcaster Blass retiring

PITTSBURGH (AP) Steve Blass' 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth.

The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. Blass will remain with the club as an alumni ambassador.


Grandal picked Brewers to be near family

MILWAUKEE (AP) Asked why he agreed to a one-year deal with Milwaukee rather than multiyear offers from other teams, catcher Yasmani Grandal gave two simple reasons: the chance to win and family.

Grandal lives in Peoria, Arizona, not far from the Brewers' spring training camp.


Giants hire analyst for pitch training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club.

Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching training.


Shepard to broadcast Tigers games on TV

DETROIT (AP) Matt Shepard is taking over as play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Tigers on their Fox Sports Detroit television broadcasts.

FSD said Tuesday that Shepard will work alongside analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson. Dan Petry and Craig Monroe will be analysts for pregame and postgame shows.


Ex-Yanks pitcher, coach Stottlemyre dies

NEW YORK (AP) Mel Stottlemyre made his mark on the mound: He started Game 7 of the World Series, earned five championship rings as a pitching coach, wound up with a plaque at Monument Park.

But his most enduring impression might have come with the bat - more than a half-century later, he remains the last pitcher to hit an inside-the-park grand slam.


Giants keep LHP Holland for 1 year, $7M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Left-hander Derek Holland is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees $7 million.

With all the injuries to the rotation last season, keeping the versatile Holland provides a big boost to the pitching staff.


Rays to sign OF Garcia for 1 year, $3.5M

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Avisail Garcia and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms on a one-year contract that would pay the former Chicago White Sox outfielder $3.5 million next season.

With incentives, the deal could be worth more if the 27-year-old - one season removed from being an AL All-Star - rebounds from a disappointing 2018.


Twins add reliever Parker on 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have completed a $1.8 million, one-year contract with right-handed reliever Blake Parker, the team's first offseason addition to the bullpen.

Parker could make an additional $1.4 million in bonuses for days on the active roster: $400,000 for 130, $500,000 for 140 and $250,000 each for 150 and 160.

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