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Fox hires Pete Rose as special guest analyst

Fox hires Pete Rose as special guest analyst; hits leader waiting for reinstatement ruling
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Pete Rose is getting closer to the game as he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request.

Fox Sports said Saturday that it was hiring the career hits leader as a special guest analyst.

Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on the Reds to win while managing the team.

Shortly after new Commissioner Rob Manfred took over in January, Rose applied for reinstatement.

Blue Jays use 3 HRs to beat Orioles 10-7

Bautista leads long-ball barrage that carries Blue Jays past Orioles 10-7
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - In a contentious duel with a deep, dark history, Jose Bautista got the final word against Darren O'Day.

Bautista hit the last of Toronto's three home runs, and the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-7 Sunday to complete a solid season-opening road trip.

After the Orioles cut a five-run deficit to 8-7, Bautista's two-run drive in the eighth off O'Day gave Toronto the cushion it needed.

Rockies place Axford on family medical emergency list

Rockies' John Axford placed on family medical emergency to deal with son's rattlesnake bite
Pat Graham, The Associated Press

DENVER - John Axford is taking some time off to tend to his young son, who was bitten by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona.

The Colorado Rockies placed the Canadian right-handed reliever on the family medical emergency list before the game Sunday.

Axford said his son had surgery last Monday — opening day for the Rockies — on his right foot to remove necrotic tissue. Axford said the toes of 2-year-old Jameson "look fine," but doctors are trying to improve mobility as they combat infection.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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