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Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, the two-time reigning American League Most Valuable Player, will make a major-league record $292 million over the next 10 years after signing an eight-year contract extension Friday.

Cabrera, who has two years and $44 million left on his current deal, will earn $248 million over the eight-year extension.

The average salary of the contract is $31 million, which tops the previous record of $30,714,286 set by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. He signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January.

The contract total is higher than third baseman Alex Rodriguez's then-record 10-year, $275 million contract with the New York Yankees in 2007.

Cabrera, who turns 31 on April 18, led the American League in batting average (.348), on-base percentage (.442) and slugging percentage (.636) last year. In 2012, he won the Triple Crown, topping the league in average (.330), home runs (44) and RBIs (139).

---Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that Grady Sizemore will start in center fielder on Opening Day.

Sizemore, 31, has not played at any level in two years and has had seven surgeries since 2009. However, he passed every physical test this spring and is batting .333 with a home run in the Grapefruit League.

Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. came into training camp as the favorite to take the starting job, but will begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. Bradley is batting .158 with a team-high 17 strikeouts this spring.

--- An increase in penalties for first offenders as well as postseason bans for players suspended for violating rules regarding performance-enhancing drugs were among the changes to baseball's drug agreement announced by Major League Baseball and the players association.

Penalties will increase from a suspension of 50 games to a suspension of 80 games for a first test that results in a violation, and from 100 games to 162 for a second. A third penalty results in a lifetime ban, which does not represent a chance from the previous agreement.

A player who is suspended for a violation involving a performance-enhancing substance will be ineligible to participate in the postseason in the year of his suspension.

--- Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher David Hernandez, who was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, is likely to require Tommy John surgery, Ken Rosenthal of reported.

Hernandez will seek a second opinion before going forward with the operation, but surgery seems likely, according to the report. If Hernandez has Tommy John surgery, as expected, he will miss the entire 2014 season and possibly some of the 2015 season as well.

--- Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister will begin the regular season on the disabled list because of lat-muscle strain suffered on Thursday, reported.

Fister had elbow problems early in spring training, but he seemed to be recovered from that injury and was expected to be ready to start a game during the second week of the regular season. That was before Fister had to leave Thursday's game with the lat strain.

The Nationals acquired Fister in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers.
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