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White Sox sign Buehrle


White Sox ace Mark Buehrle signed a four-year deal to remain in Chicago. Associated Press
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White Sox ace Mark Buehrle signed a four-year deal to remain in Chicago. Associated Press (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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Mark Buehrle is staying with the White Sox.

The left-hander agreed to a four-year, $56 million deal Sunday, ending weeks of trade speculation about Chicago’s best pitcher.

Fans at Sunday’s game were told over the public address system that Buehrle had signed as the White Sox left the field following a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.

In the eighth inning, Buehrle was seen in the dugout hugging manager Ozzie Guillen and his teammates.

“Knowing that he’s going to be here takes a load off everyone. What a happy day. It’s pretty cool,” Chicago’s Jim Thome said.

A three-time All-Star, he could have been a free agent after this season. Earlier talks stalled over a no-trade clause that Buehrle wanted. And with the White Sox struggling this season just two years after winning the World Series, Buehrle’s name popped up often in trade rumors.

He is 6-4 this season with a 3.03 ERA. His career record is 103-70 with a 3.77 ERA.

Players lend hand

A strong burst of wind caught the tarp as the Colorado Rockies’ grounds crew tried to roll it over the infield during a seventh- inning rain delay in Denver, sending crew members flying into the air.

Several Philadelphia players rushed out of the dugout to help stabilize it. Shane Victorino grabbed a corner, dug in and began wrestling it toward left field. Ryan Howard held a section down with a knee, and Michael Bourn started heaving sand bags onto the tarp to weigh it down. No one was hurt and the crew – with the Phillies’ help – eventually got the tarp down.

Clearing the bases

Chin-Lung Hu had a pair of RBI hits and stole a base in San Francisco, leading the World team to a 7-2 victory over the U.S. team in the All-Star Futures game. … Tigers All-Star second baseman Placido Polanco was out of the lineup against Boston because of a back injury. … The Reds called up infielder Pedro Lopez from Triple-A Louisville and optioned right-hander Homer Bailey to the minors. … The Toronto Blue Jays optioned catcher/infielder Curtis Thigpen to Triple-A Syracuse, clearing a spot on the roster for first baseman Lyle Overbay, who has been out with a sore right hand.

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