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Twins finalize contracts with Pelfrey, Suzuki

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Mike Pelfrey and catcher Kurt Suzuki. The contracts were finalized Monday.

Pelfrey agreed more than a week ago to an $11 million, two-year deal. Suzuki agreed Friday to a $2.75 million, one-year deal.

Pelfrey went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts last season, his first after Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his elbow. He’ll return to the rotation with Kevin Correia, Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes now at the top. One spot will be open in spring training.

The 30-year-old Suzuki will back up prospect Josmil Pinto, with Joe Mauer moving to first base and Ryan Doumit traded to Atlanta.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins sent outfielder Darin Mastroianni outright to Triple-A Rochester.

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White Sox claim Surkamp off waivers from Giants

CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox claimed left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and lost infielder Brent Morel to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 26-year-old Surkamp, a sixth-round pick by the Giants in the 2008 amateur draft, went 0-1 with a 23.63 ERA in one spot start for San Francisco last season that lasted only 2 2/3 innings on July 23 against his hometown Reds. He was 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA between Class A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno. He sat out the 2012 season because of an elbow injury.

Morel appeared in 12 games for Chicago last season and hit .200. He has a .229 average in 194 games.

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Cubs claim Marshall off waivers from Yankees

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees.

The 23-year-old right-hander made his major league debut last season, making three relief appearances over two stints with the Yankees and allowing six earned runs in 12 innings. He spent most of last year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 25 starts.

A sixth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2008, Marshall is 36-32 with a 4.07 ERA in 115 minor league appearances and 113 starts.

NFL

Saints’ Payton: Safety Vaccaro has broken ankle

METAIRIE, La. – Saints Coach Sean Payton said safety Kenny Vaccaro has a broken left ankle and is scheduled for surgery today.

The injury means the Saints will be without one of their top defensive backs for Sunday’s regular season finale in the Superdome against Tampa Bay – a game the Saints need to win to assure themselves of a playoff spot and to stay alive for NFC South Division title.

Vaccaro, New Orleans’s first-round draft choice this year, was hurt in the first half of Sunday’s 17-13 loss at Carolina. Roman Harper saw more playing time after the injury.

Vaccaro was third on the team in total tackles with 77. He had one interception and also was credited with a sack, a forced fumble and four tackles for losses.

NFL

Source: Broncos’ Miller out for season with torn ACL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s season is over after tests revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Coach John Fox had not yet addressed the media at his regular Monday news conference.

Miller was injured in the first quarter of Denver’s 37-13 win at Houston on Sunday.

The injury ended a rough third season for the Broncos star, which began with a six-game drug suspension and finished with just five sacks in 10 games.

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