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SPORTS BRIEFS

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BASEBALL

Bartlett rejoins the Padres

The San Diego Padres have reacquired shortstop Jason Bartlett from the Tampa Bay Rays along with a player to be named later in an exchange for four prospects, the team said on Friday. The Rays will receive major league relief pitchers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos, plus minor leaguers Brandon Gomes and Cole Figueroa, an infielder. Bartlett, an All-Star with Tampa Bay last year, returns to the organization that drafted him in 2001, before he was then traded to the Minnesota Twins 13 months later. “I’m excited,” the 31-year-old said on a conference call. “I never got to the big leagues over there. I’ve heard the NL [National League] is a lot different. My wife and I love the beach. We’re all excited. Hopefully, I can be there for a while. I’m ready to go.” Bartlett hit .254 with four home runs and 47 RBIs for Tampa Bay last season.

BASEBALL

Nishioka, Twins agree deal

Japanese batting star Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a US$9.25 million, three-year contract on Friday that includes a club option for the 2014 season. Nishioka led the Pacific League with a .346 average last season. The Twins submitted the highest bid, US$5.329 million to the Chiba Lotte Marines to gain negotiating rights to Ni-shioka, who can play second base or shortstop. The Twins have openings at both positions, with J.J. Hardy traded and Orlando Hudson a free agent. One of their off-season goals was to add more speed to the lineup and Nishioka is part of that plan. He will be paid US$3 million for each of the next three seasons. The Twins can exercise a US$4 million option for 2014 or pay him a US$250,000 buyout.

FOOTBALL

Redskins bench McNabb

Donovan McNabb has been benched in favor of Rex Grossman as starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, who announced the switch on Friday and said McNabb might not be with the NFL team next season. Washington will travel to Dallas to face their archrivals the Cowboys today in a game that will have no impact on the playoff race. John Beck will serve as the backup to Grossman, rather than having McNabb ready as first substitute. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said on Friday that he told McNabb of the switch on Thursday. “He has not been more disrespected his whole career than he has this season,” McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, told ESPN. “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”

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