Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Crawford: I didn't think before joining Red Sox

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dodgers LF Carl Crawford said he did no research when he left the Rays for the Red Sox in December 2010.

"I didn't really understand what I was getting myself into," said Crawford, who signed a $142 million, seven-year deal. "I definitely wouldn't have went to the highest bidder. If I could have done it over again, I would have gone into more detail into everything. I didn't do any research. I decided to sign with the Red Sox in five minutes."

Crawford hit .260 with 14 homers for Boston while missing 118 games to injuries. On Aug. 25, 2012, he was traded to the Dodgers.

"Once I realized it and I had seven years (on the contract), I didn't know what to do," he said. "It was just one of those things I had to sit out and wait."

Mariners honor Piniella

SEATTLE — Lou Piniella fought back tears. That wasn't the type of emotion the Mariners saw from the fiery Tampa native when he was their manager.

"I hope I don't get too emotional," he said of entering the Mariners' Hall of Fame.

Piniella's stint in Seattle, 1993-2002, was the longest of his managerial career. He won 840 games, including tying a majors record with 116 wins in 2001, and led Seattle to its only four playoff berths. He said his one regret was not getting the Mariners to a World Series. They lost in the ALCS three times, including 2001.

The festivities started with a luncheon Friday and conclude with the ceremony tonight.

"It's going to be hard for me (not to cry) because these fans have been so wonderful," Piniella said. "I was fortunate they liked me and they supported me and supported our team. It's so much more fun when you go into a ballpark that is packed with people, as opposed to half-empty."

Pitcher leaves hospital: Marlins LHP Dan Jennings was released from a Pittsburgh hospital a day after he was hit in the head by Jordy Mercer's line drive. He went on the concussion DL and was expected to fly back to Florida on Friday night.

Jeter ties Wagner: Yankees SS Derek Jeter singled in the first inning against the Indians for his 3,430th hit, tying Honus Wagner for sixth all time. Jeter is 84 behind fifth-place Tris Speaker.

Cardinals: RHP Jason Motte went on the DL with a lower back sprain. He hopes to return when eligible.

Dodgers: RHP Josh Beckett went on the DL with left hip impingement and is expected to miss about two weeks.

Giants: 1B Brandon Belt went back on the concussion DL for symptoms related to getting hit by a ball during batting practice July 19. He played in five games after returning Aug. 2.

Pirates: RH reliever Ernesto Frieri was designated for assignment. He had 37 saves for the Angels in 2013 but lost his closer's job and was traded when he started this year 0-3 with a 6.39 ERA. With Pittsburgh, he was 1-1 with a 10.13 ERA.

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