A person familiar with the negotiations tells the Associated Press that Cliff Lee has reached a preliminary agreement on a contract to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he pitched in 2009.
The deal is worth $100 million over five years and is subject to the 32-year-old left-hander passing a physical, the person said late Monday night on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not final.
The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers received telephone calls Monday night telling them they were out of the running, two separate people familiar with those team’s negotiations said, also on condition of anonymity.
• M’s Johnson designated for assignment: Catcher Rob Johnson has been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for new designated hitter Jack Cust.
Seattle has 10 days to trade, release or outright Johnson to the minors.
Johnson was Seattle’s opening day starter in 2009 but his struggles at the plate eventually led to his demotion to Triple-A Tacoma.
• A’s and Hideki Matsui nearing deal: Free agent slugger Hideki Matsui and the Oakland Athletics worked to finalize a contract that would make him the team’s new designated hitter.
A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to the AP that the sides were close.
The 36-year-old Matsui batted .274 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs last season with the Los Angeles Angels.
• Treanor agrees with Rangers: Backup catcher Matt Treanor agreed to stay with the Texas Rangers with a deal worth $850,000. Treanor started 67 games last season.
• Moseley, Padres finalize 1-year deal: Right-hander Dustin Moseley and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $900,000, one-year contract.
Moseley went 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA this year in nine starts and seven relief appearances with the New York Yankees.
Jennings, Bogut end Mavericks’ streak
NBA: Brandon Jennings had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied from a 20-point second-quarter deficit for a 103-99 victory over the Mavericks to end Dallas’ 12-game winning streak.
Andrew Bogut had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling added 16 points for the Bucks, who won their fourth in five games.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Shawn Marion had 14 for the Mavericks.
With the game tied at 79, Marion hit a layup and Nowitzki swished a 3-pointer from the right wing on the next possession to give Dallas an 84-79 lead with 8:50 remaining.
But the Bucks stormed back with a 14-0 run capped by Ersan Ilyasova’s 3-pointer with 3:32 to play for a 97-88 lead.
• Heat beat Hornets for 9th straight victory: Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, topping 30 for the third consecutive game, and the Miami Heat won by double figures for the ninth game in a row by beating the New Orleans Hornets 96-84.
Chris Bosh added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat, who blew the game open with an 18-2 spurt beginning near the end of the third quarter that put them up 94-77.
LeBron James had 20 points and seven assists for Miami.
• Randolph lifts Grizzlies past Blazers: Zach Randolph had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies’ 86-73 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Brandon Roy, who entered the game as the Trail Blazers’ leading scorer, was ineffective on a bum left knee he tweaked in Sunday’s loss at San Antonio. Roy was 3 of 16 from the field and scored seven points.
Little’s goal gives Thrashers OT win
NHL: Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 1:09 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist for Atlanta, which recovered from blowing a 3-0 lead. Byfuglien assisted on Little’s goal late in the first period and scored his ninth goal 17:38 into the second to give the Thrashers the big lead.
• Kings’ Quick makes 51 saves in win over Wings: Jonathan Quick made 51 saves for his 10th NHL shutout and defenseman Drew Doughty had a goal and two assists in the Los Angeles Kings’ 5-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Wayne Simmonds, Oscar Moller, Anze Kopitar and Jack Johnson also scored for Los Angeles, which has won four of five overall and four straight against the Red Wings.
Duke still unanimous No. 1 in AP poll
College Basketball: Duke is still the unanimous No. 1 in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll and Texas A&M has moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Ohio State remains second, followed by Kansas, Connecticut, Syracuse and Kansas State.
The Aggies have moved into the poll at No. 25, replacing Washington, which fell out from 21st after losing to Texas A&M last week.
China coach, three players banned
Miscellany: Basketball’s governing body has suspended China’s men’s coach and three of his players for a brawl during an exhibition game against Brazil in October.
FIBA banned coach Robert Donewald Jr. for three games and fined him $41,000 because he stayed on the bench instead of leaving the arena after receiving two technical fouls. Fights then broke out, with Chinese players attacking the Brazilians in the Jincheng Arena.
Zhu Fangyu was suspended for two games, and Sun Yue and Zhang Bo for one each.
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