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MLB roundup: Baseball reaches agreement on TV deals

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Major League Baseball reached agreeement with Fox and Turner Sports on eight-year contracts that will run through 2021 and include rights to the World Series, All-Star Game and one of the league championship series.

The two networks will pay approximately $800 million annually for the broadcast rights, with Fox's share about $500 million. Both deals include digital rights to stream televised MLB games and programming through online and mobile outlets.

Fox also will begin coverage of two division series in 2014. TBS will continue to broadcast one league championship series, two division series and one wild-card game.

In September, MLB announced it has negotiated a new deal with ESPN for rights from 2014 through 2021 for approximately $700 million per year, which, according to reports, nearly doubles the amount of the current contract.

The three television contracts total $12.4 billion, a 100 percent increase over the existing deal.

The league office also announced that MLB Network will air two Division Series games and has acquired the rights to telecast the All-Star Game Selection Show and the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

---Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson will undergo offseason arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow.

Wilson said after his final start of the regular season on Monday night in Seattle that the elbow had bothered him for the past few months.

Wilson, 31, hopes to have the surgery soon. He said he expects to be recovered in time for spring training next February.

Wilson won his last outing Monday to finish with a 13-10 record and a 3.83 ERA.

---Manny Banuelos, considered the New York Yankees' top pitching prospect, is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday that likely will sideline him for the 2013 season.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure in Pensacola, Fla., on the 21-year-old Banuelos, who hasn't pitched since May for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees apparently thought the injury was a bone bruise and had hoped surgery wouldn't be needed.

---One day after an X-ray revealed Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had an avulsion fracture of his left ring finger, he was back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Pedroia suffered the injury while getting caught stealing on Sunday in Baltimore. He didn't play on Monday but was in Tuesday's lineup.

---The Baltimore Orioles apparently were not thrilled with the lineup the Boston Rex Sox put on the field against the Yankees on Monday, the Boston Globe reported.

According to the report, Orioles people were not happy to see both Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury out of Monday's lineup for the Red Sox, who are out of playoff contention and lost the game 10-2, keeping the Yankees one game ahead of the Orioles.

Pedroia missed the game with what was later diagnosed as a broken ring finger, and Ellsbury has been bothered by a lat strain.

Pedroia and Ellsbury are both scheduled to play Tuesday despite the injuries,

--- The Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field, known as one of the toughest hitting parks in the Major Leagues, will become more hitter-friendly.

The fence will be moved in by four to 17 feet at different points in left field and by four feet from center field to the right-center gap. Also, the 16-foot-high scoreboard in left field will be moved back and will no longer be part of the fence. That will leave the outfield wall eight feet high all the way around.
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