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Orioles officially name Hyde manager

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BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager Friday, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode.

Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 - the worst record in the majors. This will be Hyde's first stint as a major league manager.

The 45-year-old Hyde was selected by general manager Mike Elias, who began an extensive search for Showalter's replacement after being hired last month to replace Dan Duquette.

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Wife of George Steinbrenner dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, died Friday. She was 83.

The Yankees said she died surrounded by family at her home in Tampa, Florida.

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BoSox, Yanks to open London set at night

NEW YORK (AP) The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball's first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon.

MLB said Friday that the June 29 game at London's Olympic Stadium will start at 6:10 p.m. local time (1:10 p.m. EDT) and be broadcast in the United States by Fox as part of its Saturday "Game of the Week" coverage.

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White Sox, C McCann agree to 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox answered one of their offseason questions on Friday, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with catcher James McCann.

The White Sox had an opening at the position after trading Omar Narvaez to Seattle on Nov. 30 for reliever Alex Colome. They also lost Kevan Smith when he was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels in October.

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Cards 1st-round pick suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) St. Louis Cardinals first-round draft pick Griffin Roberts has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse.

Major League Baseball announced the ban Friday.

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Mets bring back Familia for 3 yrs., $30M

NEW YORK (AP) Jeurys Familia and the Mets finalized a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, bringing the reliever back to New York, where he figures to serve as a setup man for newly acquired closer Edwin Diaz.

Familia gets a $2 million signing bonus payable on equal installments on July 1 and Dec. 10 next year. He has salaries of $6 million in 2019 and $11 million in each of the final two seasons. The Mets will defer $1 million of his 2020 salary, payable on Jan. 15, 2022. They will defer the same amount of his 2021 pay, payable on July 1, 2022.

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Dodgers to ink P Kelly for 3 years, $25M

LAS VEGAS (AP) Reliever Joe Kelly agreed Thursday to a $25 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

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M's GM pulls off trade from hospital bed

LAS VEGAS (AP) Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was released from a hospital Thursday, hours after completing a trade from his bed during the baseball winter meetings.

He had begun feeling ill earlier in the week.

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Rangers sign RHP Lynn for 3 years, $30M

LAS VEGAS (AP) Free agent right-hander Lance Lynn and the Texas Rangers reached agreement on a $30 million, three-year contract during the winter meetings, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said.

The deal is pending a physical, the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract isn't complete.

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