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A-Rod to host TV show for jocks in need

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NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to big money. Now the former New York Yankees slugger will host a new CNBC show in which he guides financially distressed athletes.

The network said Tuesday it ordered a pilot. The show's working title is "Back in the Game."

Rodriquez and other mentors will assist one cash-strapped ex-athlete looking to land a job or build a business.

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Rangers sign Hamilton to minors deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Slugger Josh Hamilton is getting another shot with the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers said Tuesday they have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for the oft-injured 2010 AL MVP.

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Texas' Diekman out at least half season

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers reliever Jake Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition.

Diekman, the top left-hander in the Texas bullpen, has battled the condition throughout his career. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the team was aware of the possible surgery and absence before agreeing with Diekman last week on a $2.55 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.

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Steroids cloud hovers over Hall voting

NEW YORK (AP) The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much like it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting is announced Wednesday night. Ivan Rodriguez, eligible for the first time, and Trevor Hoffman also could make it.

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Longtime exec Dan O'Brien Sr. dies at 87

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Longtime major league executive Dan O'Brien Sr. has died at 87.

The Texas Rangers said he died Monday in Dallas. The Rangers were one of four major league teams with whom O'Brien held front-office jobs over 45 years in professional baseball. O'Brien was the Rangers' second general manager, from 1973 to 1978.

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Rockies add utilityman Amarista

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have completed a $1.25 million, one-year deal with utility player Alexi Amarista.

Amarista gets a $1.1 million salary this year, and the Rockies have a $2.5 million option for 2018 with a $150,000 buyout.

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McCovey pardoned by Obama on tax charges

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995.

It was one of the president's 64 pardons granted Tuesday.

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Bautista, Jays working towards reunion

TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays are "working really hard" to bring him back to the club, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations are ongoing. The sides are discussing one-, two- and three-year agreements.

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Royals, Duffy agree to 5-year, $65M deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Perhaps the Royals and Danny Duffy thought Kansas City sports fans could use some good news.

The team announced a $65 million, five-year contract with the popular left-hander on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the Royals through the 2021 season. Duffy was eligible for arbitration and could have become a free agent after the upcoming season.

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Myers, Padres finalize $83M, 6-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) First baseman Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres finalized an $83 million, six-year contract on Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history.

The 26-year-old Myers hit 28 homers and drove in 94 runs last season and also stole 28 bases.

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