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Thu., Oct. 17, 2013

Hired The Los Angeles Angels hired Don Baylor on Wednesday to be their hitting coach. Baylor replaces Jim Eppard, who wasn’t retained by manager Mike Scioscia. The 64-year-old Baylor had been Arizona’s hitting coach for the past three years. The former manager of the Rockies and Cubs should be a respected veteran voice on Scioscia’s coaching staff, which is undergoing an overhaul after the big-budget Angels’ worst season in a decade.

Signed Four-time series champion Sebastien Bourdais has signed a two-year deal with KVSH Racing to replace Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan. Kanaan won the Indianapolis 500 in May with KVSH, but decided to leave for Chip Ganassi Racing next year.

Donates Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish has made a $42,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to help fund college scholarships. Darvis presented the check to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson and founder of the foundation, during her visit to Tokyo.

Suing Former Holy Cross basketball player Ashley Cooper, 20, is suing the college and veteran coach Bill Gibbons, accusing him of emotionally and physically abusing her and the school of covering it up. Cooper says that at various times, Gibbons yanked and pulled her by the shirt collar, shook her by the shoulder and struck her on the back, leaving a red handprint. It paints Gibbons as so volatile that opposing players would remark, “Your coach is crazy,” and the players as so demoralized that alumni basketball games are impossible because players won’t return to the Jesuit school in Worcester, Mass., to participate.

Completed The Chicago White Sox say they have acquired two minor league players and cash from Tampa Bay to complete the deal that sent reliever Jesse Crain to the Rays in July. The White Sox said they acquired left-handed pitching prospect Sean Bierman and infielder Ben Kline, who both played at Class A this season.

Returning Front Row Motorsports will bring back drivers David Gilliland and David Ragan in 2014. Gilliland will be back for a fifth season with Front Row and drive the No. 38. Ragan will be returning for his third year and drive the No. 34.

Exercised The New Orleans Pelicans, formerly the Hornets, have exercised third-year options on the contracts of 2012 first-round draft choices Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.


 

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