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MLB: Rays sign Archer to six-year deal

on April 03, 2014 10:40 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a long-term contract with another one of their young pitchers, giving Chris Archer a $25.5 million, six-year deal.

The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 9-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts as a rookie last season.

• SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed reliever Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with inflammation in the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, and recalled Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque.

• ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers said ace Yu Darvish is set to make his first start of the season Sunday at Tampa Bay.

• HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston Astros pitcher is seeking up to $15 million for injuries he says were caused by Galveston police officers in 2008. Brandon Backe testified in federal court Tuesday that the beating by officers ended his baseball career. He says he can no longer use his right arm for such simple tasks as tucking in a shirt.

• LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra filed a lawsuit saying he suffered an unprovoked and brutal beating by deputies in a Los Angeles County jail two years ago.

Dykstra filed the suit seeking unspecified damages against the county and several Sheriff’s Department employees, saying his head was slammed against the wall, his teeth were knocked out and he was kicked and beaten until he was “barely breathing.”

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