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Fehr: Up to players to decide on probe

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez's name and image in selling licensed goods.

At the time of the marketing agreement, those accomplishments were contemplated to be tying the home run totals of Mays, Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762), and breaking Bonds' major league record.

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Orioles acquire OF Snider from Pirates

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named.

The teams announced the trade Tuesday night. The Pirates got left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

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Rangers get Renaudo from BoSox for Ross

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross.

With the deal Tuesday night, the Rangers got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn't sign after being picked by them out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft.

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Giants, Crawford agree on $3.175M, 1 yr.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.

The agreement Tuesday gives Crawford a raise from the $560,000 he earned last season. He had been asking for $3.95 million in his first year of arbitration, while the Giants had countered at $2.4 million. The sides settled at the midpoint.

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Royals, Dyson agree to $1.225M for 1 yr.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals and outfielder Jarrod Dyson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

Dyson, who is expected to be the Royals' fourth outfielder, can also make $25,000 for reaching 350 plate appearances and $50,000 if he's chosen for the All-Star game.

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Reds, C Mesoraco agree to 4 years, $28M

CINCINNATI (AP) All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco agreed to a $28 million, four-year contract on Monday, leaving the Cincinnati Reds with two players in salary arbitration.

The Reds were trying to get deals with two other All-Stars, third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman. They haven't had a player go to an arbitration hearing since 2004.

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O's give Norris $8.8M, Flaherty $1.075M

BALTIMORE (AP) Right-hander Bud Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore, and infielder Ryan Flaherty settled with the Orioles on a one-year deal for $1,075,000.

Norris would get a $25,000 bonus for 180 innings and $50,000 more for 200 under Monday's agreement. He also would earn $50,000 each for making the All-Star game or winning a Gold Glove.

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Beeston to remain Jays prez through 2015

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays say Paul Beeston will remain as team president through the end of this season.

Rogers Communications, which owns the team, announced Monday that Beeston signed a contract extension with the club and plans to retire at the end of the season.

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Manfred hopeful A's will get new stadium

NEW YORK (AP) New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is optimistic the Athletics will be able to get a new ballpark in Oakland.

The A's have been blocked from building a stadium in San Jose, which is in Santa Clara County, a territory of the San Francisco Giants. A month after the club scrapped plans for a ballpark in Fremont, then-Commissioner Bud Selig appointed a committee in March 2009 to analyze the team's hopes of obtaining a stadium in its current territory.

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Ottavino, Rockies agree on $1.3M deal

DENVER (AP) Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration.

The 6-foot-5, hard-throwing righty was 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in a career-high 75 appearances with the Rockies last season, when he made $502,000.

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