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Pirates give closer Rivero 4 years, $22M

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild.

"They were saying they wanted to keep them," the Pirates closer said. "Tough to see two of the best guys lead."

Rivero, however, doesn't appear likely to follow them out of Pittsburgh. The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract on Thursday, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. The 26-year-old, acquired in a trade deadline deal with Washington in 2016, receives a $2 million signing bonus and agreed to a deal that covers his arbitration-eligible years, giving him peace of mind.

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Pirates fans urge MLB to make owner sell

PITTSBURGH (AP) Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.

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Cubs bring back P Duensing on 2-yr. deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.

Duensing returns to Chicago after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs last winter. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances last season.

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Cole excited to join Astros rotation

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.

"I was just tremendously excited," Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I was out with some friends having a good time for my wife's birthday weekend. So, it was a really good phone call. How you can ask for anything more than coming to the World Series champions."

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McCutchen eager for tricky AT&T Park RF

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco's AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again.

Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all.

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Mets finalize 1-year deal with Gonzalez

NEW YORK (AP) Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum.

The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five-time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.

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Twins hire Kaat as special assistant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have hired former starting pitcher Jim Kaat as a special assistant to the organization.

The Twins announced Thursday that the 79-year-old Kaat will be involved in various community and business initiatives in Minnesota as well as the Fort Myers area in Florida where the team's spring training facility and minor league headquarters are located.

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Brewers P Jeffress pleads guilty to DWI

DALLAS (AP) Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in Texas.

Jeffress was part of the Texas Rangers bullpen when he was stopped and arrested on a Dallas street in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 26.

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Royals' Duffy pleads guilty to DUI

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in a Kansas City suburb and has been placed on a year's probation.

Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, said Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last week and will pay $1,220 in fines and court fees. Duffy must report to a probation officer once a month and abstain from drugs and alcohol. He also will be subject to random breath, urine or blood screenings.

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