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Sunday, January 24, 2010


Tejada gets a return engagement with O's

The Baltimore Orioles and Miguel Tejada are headed toward a reunion. This time, however, Tejada will play third base instead of shortstop.

Tejada and the Orioles have agreed on a one-year contract, pending a physical, the infielder confirmed Saturday.

"I've reached a deal for one season and $6 million. I know it's less than what I made last year, but the market has changed and I feel happy to be able to play in the major leagues," Tejada told the Associated Press in Santo Domingo during a phone interview from Miami.

Tejada played shortstop with the Orioles from 2004-07 before being traded to Houston for five players: outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Troy Patton, Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate, and third baseman Mike Costanzo.

Last March, Tejada was sentenced to one year of probation for misleading Congress. He admitted he withheld information about an ex-teammate's use of performance-enhancing drugs when questioned in 2005 by congressional investigators. . . .

The Los Angeles Dodgers will travel to Taiwan in March for a pair of exhibition games against a team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

The Dodgers' two-game set March 13-14 will not be part of the official spring training schedule. . . .

All-star outfielder Hunter Pence and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, more than seven times his $464,000 salary last season.


Bruce Arena, who coached the U.S. to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, was elected to the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

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