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MLB roundup: Dodgers sign Ethier to 5-year extension

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The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Tuesday that they have signed outfielder Andre Ethier to a five-year contract extension that will run through 2017.

The five-year deal is worth $85 million, according to multiple media reports, and the extension includes a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018.

In November, center fielder Matt Kemp signed an eight-year, $160 million deal that ties him to the Dodgers through 2019.

"I've said it before, but this is the place I've wanted to be all along and I hope to finish my career in Los Angeles playing for these fans that I have developed such a special bond with," said Ethier, 30, in a statement released by the club. "Now we just have to go out and finish our goal of winning a World Championship for this great city."

Outside of Kemp's contract, only Kevin Brown's $105 million, seven-year deal signed in 1998 was more valuable than Ethier's extension in Dodgers history.

Ethier is batting .287 with a .348 on-base percentage, a .509 slugging percentage, 10 homers and 53 RBI through 61 games this season. He's a two-time All-Star, and he won his first Gold Glove last year.

---Rangers right-handed pitcher Alexi Ogando is likely to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right groin.

Ogando, 28, joined Derek Holland and Pedro Feliz on the disabled list Monday after an MRI showed a muscle tear in his right groin.

Ogando was making his first start of the season after pitching out of the bullpen and felt pain in his right groin beating out a bunt single in the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants.

Ogando joined the rotation because of injuries to Holland (shoulder) and Feliz (elbow).

--Vladimir Guerrero left the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas after going 4-for-5 in Monday's win over Tucson because he's ready for an opportunity in the big leagues.

The Blue Jays complied with his request for release Tuesday, but it wasn't immediately apparent if Guerrero, 37, had any serious suitors in Major League Baseball.

Guerrero told Vegas manager Marty Brown that he was leaving the team but not retiring.

---Cubs' hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo was fired Tuesday, replaced by 35-year-old James Rowson, who was promoted from minor-league hitting instructor to become interim hitting coach.

Jaramillo spent 15 seasons with the Rangers before he was hired by the Cubs before the 2010 season, during which time the team has had three different managers.

The Cubs entered Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers with a 20-40 record. They were 19th in the majors with a .247 batting average but 27th in on-base percentage (.304) and walks (151).

--The Blue Jays added left-handed relievers Aaron Laffey and Evan Crawford to the 25-man roster Tuesday, optioning catcher Yan Gomes and right-handed pitcher Chad Beck to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Crawford has a 7.36 ERA as a middle reliever in two brief stints with the Blue Jays this season. Laffey should fill the long-relief role. The 27-year-old has pitched for the Indians, Mariners and Yankees in the past three seasons with a career 4.34 ERA.

--Brian Roberts is in the Orioles' preliminary starting lineup Tuesday night and playing second base.

The Orioles didn't immediately announce a corresponding roster move.

Roberts, 34, suffered his second concussion in eight months in his last game on May 16, 2011.

He completed a 20-day rehab assignment Monday and was activated from the 60-day disabled list.

--Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz might not make his Wednesday start after fouling a ball off his nose during a bunting drill in batting practice Tuesday.

Matusz, who rarely bats because he's an American League pitcher, was working on his bunting against a pitching machine.

Matusz is 5-6 with a 4.82 ERA this season.

---The Cleveland Indians acquired right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for cash considerations.

To make room on the club's 40-man roster, Cleveland has also designated catcher Luke Carlin for assignment.

Rogers, 26, has made 23 relief appearances for the Rockies this season, going 0-2 with an 8.06 ERA.

----Jury deliberation began Tuesday afternoon in the federal perjury trial of Roger Clemens.

Judge Reggie Walton gave the jurors final instructions and then sent them into deliberations following more than four hours of closing arguments that finished off nearly two months of proceedings.
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