March 31, 2012 in Sports



Agreed Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon agreed to a $37.5 million, four-year deal that includes a player option for 2016. Last season, Gordon hit .303 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs. He also won his first Gold Glove.

• Pitcher Livan Hernandez, 37, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, the same day he was released from a minor league deal with the Houston Astros. Hernandez is the active leader in starts (474) and innings (3,121 2/3). He was the opening-day starter for Washington last season and went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts.

• The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent Philip Wheeler to fill their void at starting outside linebacker. Wheeler played 13 games for Indianapolis last season, making 80 tackles and recording one sack.

Signed Relief pitcher Jason Isringhausen, 39, has made the Los Angeles Angels’ roster and is set for his 16th major league season. The Angels selected his contract from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned outfielder Mike Trout to the minor league team. Isringhausen said he would have retired if the Angels didn’t sign him.

• The San Diego Padres signed pitcher Cory Luebke to a four-year contract worth $12 million. He was 6-10 with a 3.29 ERA (46 games, 17 starts) as a rookie last year.

Traded The Oakland Raiders acquired running back Mike Goodson from the Carolina Panthers in exchange for offensive tackle Bruce Campbell, a move made to improve depth for both clubs.

Suspended The NFL suspended New York Giants running back Andre Brown for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Out Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his right Achilles and is expected to miss the season. Peters injured his leg while training in Texas on Tuesday.

Fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture during an NBA game against New Orleans on Monday night.

Surgery NBA forward Grant Hill has undergone what the Phoenix Suns labeled a “successful procedure” to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. The team said that if Hill’s rehabilitation goes well, he should return before the end of the regular season. The medial meniscus tear was discovered when the 39-year-old forward underwent an MRI.

• Boston Celtics center Jermaine O’Neal had season-ending surgery on his left wrist. O’Neal appeared in 25 games for the Celtics this season, averaging five points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.8 minutes.

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