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In this Sept. 6, 2008, photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Roy Oswalt prepares to throw to a Colorado Rockies batter during a baseball game in Denver. Oswalt is retiring after 13 major league seasons. Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, confirmed Oswalt's retirement Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, and said the pitcher would come to work for his agency. Oswalt, 36, had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. His best season came with Houston in 2004, when he went 20-10 with a 3.49 ERA. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
In this June 26, 2013, photo, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Roy Oswalt delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Oswalt is retiring after 13 major league seasons.Oswalt's agent, Bob Garber, confirmed Oswalt's retirement Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, and said the pitcher would come to work for his agency. Oswalt, 36, had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. His best season came with Houston in 2004, when he went 20-10 with a 3.49 ERA. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Browns oust CEO, general manager
The Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they’re sweeping out their front office.
Owner Jimmy Haslam announced yesterday that CEO Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team.
“Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year’s draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35,” Haslam said at a news conference.
It’s yet another stunning development for a franchise that has undergone nearly constant change in the past 15 years.
Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins’ GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take the over the team’s football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and draft. Cleveland has two first-round picks in May’s draft and is well under the salary cap to spend on free agents.
Haslam added that President Alec Scheiner will keep his current role.
Oswalt retiring after 13 seasons in majors
Right-hander Roy Oswalt retired from baseball yesterday after 13 major league seasons that had him criss-crossing the country with time in the American and National Leagues.
Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, confirmed Oswalt’s retirement and said the pitcher would come to work for his agency.
Oswalt, 36, had a 163-102 career record with a 3.36 ERA. His best season came with Houston in 2004, when he went 20-10 with a 3.49 ERA. The durable starter – a three-time All-Star and 2005 NL championship series MVP – went over 200 innings seven times in his career but dealt with injuries in recent years.
He was 0-6 with an 8.63 ERA in nine outings and six starts for Colorado last year. He signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in May 2013 and missed time with a strained left hamstring.
Angels agree with RHP Lyon on minor-league deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a minor league contract with reliever Brandon Lyon that includes an invitation to their big league camp for spring training.
The 34-year-old right-hander had a 4.98 ERA in 37 appearances with the New York Mets last year. He signed with the Boston Red Sox on July 19, making four appearances out of their Triple-A bullpen before opting out of his contract.
Lyon went unsigned for the last two months of the regular season.
The agreement was announced on yesterday.
Jansen, Dodgers agree on $4.3 million, one-year deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Pitcher Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers agreed yesterday on a $4.3 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
Jansen had 28 saves with a 1.88 ERA last season after he took over the closer’s role from Brandon League.
He had been seeking $5.05 million. The Dodgers offered $3.5 million.
Said Jansen: “It’s kind of a relief that it’s over now. I tried my best not to let it distract me. At the same time, now I can just focus on opening day.”
Jansen is one of five closers on the Dodgers spring-training roster, which also includes League, Brian Wilson, Chris Perez and J.P. Howell.
Ivanovic advances to 2nd round in Qatar Open
DOHA, Qatar – Ninth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open yesterday after Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova retired from their match with a right knee injury.
Ivanovic was leading 7-5, 1-0 when Hantuchova withdrew after falling 0-40 behind in the second game.
The match started slowly for Ivanovic, who surrendered her first two serves as Hantuchova took a 5-3 lead. But Ivanovic won the next four games to secure the set, winning the ninth game at love with her final three serves being aces.
Wildcard entrant Alisa Kleybaova of Russia also advanced after her opponent retired.
At 5-5 in the first set, 10th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovak Republic, the recent Australian Open finalist, retired from the match with a gastrointestinal illness.