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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Thousands of fans in Giants gear who were eager to cheer the World Series champions in rainy downtown San Francisco grabbed prime viewing spots early Friday, hours ahead of the celebratory parade expected to draw up to 2 million revelers.

The parade will feature double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge and a panda in honor of third-baseman Pablo Sandoval, whom teammates have nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda."

Iris Gomez, 37, arrived to the parade route with sandwiches, juice and plenty of rain gear more than 5 1/2 hours before the start of noontime event. Rain was falling along the parade route Friday morning.

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Red Sox sign Uehara for 2 years, $18M

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season.

One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston's third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay him $9 million in each of the next two years, when he will be 40 and 41 years old. General manager Ben Cherington said he thought Uehara had less wear and tear on his arm than other pitchers his age.

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Cardinals exercise Lackey's $500K option

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised their 2015 contract option on pitcher John Lackey, which is at the major league minimum.

The right-hander agreed to an $82.5 million, five-year contract with Boston in December 2009 that contained a provision for a conditional team option at the minimum if he missed a season due to specified injury. Lackey did not pitch in 2012 after reconstructive elbow surgery.

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Reds keep Cueto for $10M, let Ludwick go

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds exercised Johnny Cueto's $10 million contract option on Thursday but decided to let outfielder Ryan Ludwick and infielder Jack Hannahan become free agents.

Cueto also made $10 million last season, when he went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA, the Reds' first 20-game winner since Danny Jackson in 1988. Cueto had been guaranteed $27 million over four years and can become a free agent after next season.

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Yanks reinstate A-Rod as suspension ends

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension formally ended Thursday, a day after the World Series ended.

The New York Yankees reinstated the third baseman from the restricted list.

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Indians exercise $3.5M option on Aviles

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have exercised their $3.5 million option for next season on versatile infielder Mike Aviles.

In his second season with Cleveland, the 33-year-old Aviles batted .247 with 16 doubles, five homers and 39 RBIs in 113 games. He added 14 steals, matching a career high.

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Dodgers RHP Haren exercises $10M option

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren on Thursday exercised his $10 million player option for next season.

The right-hander was 13-11 with a 4.02 ERA in his first season with the Dodgers.

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Nats keep Span, LaRoche and Soriano free

WASHINGTON (AP) Center fielder Denard Span is staying with the Washington Nationals, who exercised their $9 million option for 2015 on his contract Thursday, while declining options on first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano.

Span, Washington's leadoff hitter, batted .302 with 31 steals and tied for first in the NL with a Nationals' record 184 hits. He is a Gold Glove Award finalist.

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Orioles exercise options on Chen, O'Day

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have exercised a $4.75 million option on left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and a $4.25 million option on right-hander Darren O'Day.

Chen, 29, was 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 31 starts, setting a career best for wins. He had 54 starts in the past two seasons, two shy of the amount needed for his 2015 salary to become guaranteed at $6 million.

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Angels pick up closer Street's option

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have exercised their $7 million contract option on closer Huston Street.

The Angels announced perhaps their easiest offseason decision Thursday.

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