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Damon, 38, set to joinstruggling Cleveland

CLEVELAND — The Indians agreed to a contract with OF/DH Johnny Damon on Thursday, ESPN.com and the Associated Press reported.

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Damon, 38, sent a text message to the Associated Press saying the deal "should be done soon."

ESPN.com reported it will be a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.25 million and includes incentive bonuses of $1.4 million based on plate appearances.

The Indians are hitting just .176, which entered Thursday as the worst in the majors. And they are without CF Grady Sizemore, who had back surgery last month and is not eligible to come off the 60-day DL until June 3.

Damon still must pass a physical. And because he was not with a team during spring training, his debut hasn't been determined.

In 150 games (135 as DH) last year for the Rays, Damon hit .261 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs. He is 277 hits from 3,000.

A career .286 hitter, Damon also has played for the Royals, A's, Red Sox, Yankees and Tigers.

Moyer faces pitcher more than half his age

DENVER — Rockies LHP Jamie Moyer, 49, took the mound against a Giants pitcher who wasn't born when he made his major-league debut in 1986.

In facing LHP Madison Bumgarner, 22, there was an age difference of 26 years and 256 days, the largest since Satchel Paige of the Kansas City A's faced Boston's Bill Monbouquette on Sept. 25, 1965, and the third largest since 1900, according to STATS LLC.

"It's incredible when you're looking out there and seeing a 49-year-old man competing in the big leagues," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who played against Moyer during the 1980s. "When they're taking the field, he's the first one on the mound, waiting for the catcher. He's the first one. He just keeps going."

Moyer failed for the second time to become the oldest pitcher to win a game, losing 4-2. He's trying to surpass Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who won on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years, 70 days old. Moyer was 49 years, 146 days old on Thursday.

"I focus on what I need to do," Moyer said. "And I feel as long as my teammates are giving the best effort, I really can't complain. And I feel like they're giving a great effort."

Burrell's retirement plan: Former Phillies OF Pat Burrell will sign a one-day minor-league contract and retire with the organization. He will officially retire in May and be honored May 19. Burrell spent one-plus season with the Rays and won a World Series with the Giants in 2010.

Angels: LH reliever Scott Downs left in the seventh and is day to day after rolling his right ankle. He was covering first base when Twins CF Denard Span stepped on his foot.

Astros: SS Jed Lowrie, who hasn't played this season due to a sprained right thumb, is set to come off the DL today.

Cardinals: 1B Lance Berkman is day to day with a strained left calf. An MRI exam showed no significant damage for Berkman, who was hurt legging out a triple Tuesday.

Mets: 3B David Wright has been cleared to play by a hand specialist who examined his broken right pinkie. Wright sat out Tuesday and Wednesday after learning he broke his finger while diving back to a base Monday. The team said his status will be determined just before today's game.

Nationals: LF Michael Morse will be shut down for about six weeks after aggravating the injured back muscle that put him on the DL. GM Mike Rizzo said surgery is not an option as Morse will need to rest before resuming rehabilitation. Rizzo added Morse's setback will not affect OF Bryce Harper's timetable for making it to the majors. The 19-year-old, considered baseball's top prospect, is at Triple A.

Royals: CF Lorenzo Cain went on the DL with a left groin strain. He was hurt when he bumped into the wall chasing a fly ball Tuesday.

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