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MLB roundup: Indians add Swisher; Rangers sign Frasor

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Major League Baseball teams continued to complete their rosters Thursday as two teams marked key needs off their checklist.

The Cleveland Indians officially announced the signing of free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher to a four-year contract, includes a vesting option for 2017.

Among switch-hitters, Swisher is second with a 186 home runs from 2006-12, behind former New York Yankees teammate Mark Teixeira. The 32-year-old has batted .256 with 209 homers in 1209 games over nine seasons with the Oakland A's, Chicago White Sox and Yankees since 2004.

Also, the Indians signed second baseman Matt Antonelli to a minor-league deal, according Baseball America. The 27-year-old was had a poor season in Triple-A for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles, but batted .297 with a .393 on-base percentage in 2011 for the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate. He was a first-round pick on the San Diego Padres in the 2006 draft.

Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers signed free-agent reliever Jason Frasor to a $1.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports.

The right-hander had spent most of his nine-year career with the Toronto Blue Jays, save for a two-month stint with the White Sox in 2011. Toronto reacquired him last winter.

Frasor could fill some of void left when setup Mike Adams signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

---The Houston Astros will open their season as an American League team against a familiar foe, the in-state rival Texas Rangers.

The teams will kick off the 2013 baseball season March 31 at 8 p.m. ET, on ESPN, the league announced. The Sunday night telecast will be the Astros first since switching leagues.

The next day, ESPN will broadcast four Opening Day games across their networks featuring the winners of the past seven World Series. The Boston Red Sox will play the New York Yankees at 1 p.m. ET; the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers at 4 p.m. ET; the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves at 7 p.m. and the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks at 10 p.m.

---San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo was handcuffed New Year's Day at the Las Vegas airport for allegedly becoming difficult with a TSA officer, according to a TMZ report.

Romo was detained by cops because he couldn't provide the proper identification to get through the security checkpoint.
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