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Pirates extend manager's deal

BRADENTON — Clint Hurdle is going to get a chance to finish a turnaround he has started with the Pirates.

The Associated Press reported that the Pirates are planning to extend the third-year manager through the 2014 season with a club option for 2015. A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday, when owner Bob Nutting addresses reporters.

The agreement was first reported by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Hurdle is 151-173 in two seasons with the Pirates. He was entering the final season of a three-year deal he signed when he took over for John Russell in December 2010. Pittsburgh went 79-83 in 2012, tied for the franchise's best record in 20 seasons, though the Pirates went through a late swoon that dropped them out of playoff contention.

Hurdle, 55, who led the Rockies to the 2007 World Series, acknowledged Monday he'd been in "discussions" with the team about an extension but did not confirm it was complete.

"I've been a manager with a multiyear contract, I've been a manager with a one-year contract and I've been a manager without a contract, which made me a non-manager," Hurdle said. "So, I'm not getting too far ahead of myself now. I'm humbled by the fact that we're having conversation."

Hurdle said he "loves" Pittsburgh, and his positive energy brought a sense of fresh air to a stale clubhouse.

CLEMENS SHRUGS: More than a month after failing to be voted into the Hall of Fame, Roger Clemens was willing to share his thoughts. But the 354-game winner is not about to start a lobbying campaign.

"I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," said Clemens, in camp with the Astros as a special instructor said. "If those guys feel I deserve to be there, then I deserve to be there. If they feel I don't, then that's okay, too."

NO HEARINGS: Reliever Darren O'Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Orioles, becoming the final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 15. This was the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing.

MRI FOR GARZA: Cubs right-hander Matt Garza will have tests to determine the severity of the injury he sustained while pitching batting practice Sunday. The former Ray, who made 18 starts last season because of an elbow injury, felt a twinge in his side while throwing.

CUBS-D'BACKS TRADE: Arizona acquired outfielder Tony Campana from Chicago for minor-league right-handers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal, both 17.

BREWERS: First baseman Mat Gamel tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season.

MARLINS: Former Rays first baseman and Seminole High standout Casey Kotchman received four stitches to close a cut on his left ring finger after running into a pop-up machine during infield drills.

RANGERS: Top infield prospect Jurickson Profar decided against playing for the Dutch team in the World Baseball Classic.

Pirates extend manager's deal 02/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:56pm]
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