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Red Sox lock Gonzalez for seven more years

BOSTON — 1B Adrian Gonzalez signed a $154 million, seven-year contract with the Red Sox on Friday, then turned his attention to an elusive reward: winning. Boston hasn't done that much.

"We have faith in ourselves," said Gonzalez, whose new deal runs through 2018. "We're going to turn this around."

Gonzalez, who turns 29 next month, is making $6.3 million in the final year of the contract he had when the Red Sox obtained him from the Padres for three prospects Dec. 6. Boston went into Friday's play 2-9, the worst record in baseball.

"If you're going to make this kind of commitment, I think you have to be very comfortable with not only the player but also the person," GM Theo Epstein said.

Injured Mauer also ill

ST. PETERSBURG — Twins C Joe Mauer, who went on the 15-day disabled list with leg weakness on Thursday, is also sick.

GM Bill Smith said Mauer went to a hospital for evaluation and treatment late Thursday after the 4-3 loss to the Rays. Mauer received fluids and anti­biotics, and was discharged.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer has a viral infection, which the team believes increased the catcher's body soreness. Gardenhire hopes Mauer will return in a couple of weeks.

Yanks' Hughes on DL

NEW YORK — The Yankees put RHP Phil Hughes on the DL with what the team calls a "dead arm."

Hughes, 18-8 last season but hit hard in all three starts this year, said there are no signs he is injured, and no medical tests are planned, but he has not been able to maintain his velocity. There is no timetable for his return.

"Something had to be done," said Hughes, 0-1 with a 13.94 ERA and yielding his rotation spot to Bartolo Colon.

Day for Jackie: Jackie Robinson's family, including his wife, Rachel, took part in a pregame tribute at Yankee Stadium on the 64th anniversary of the day he broke baseball's color barrier. Friday was Jackie Robinson Day, so all players, managers, coaches and umpires wore his No. 42 in memory of the Brooklyn star, who made his debut in 1947.

Mets-Braves rained out: Rain and a severe storm warning in north Georgia led to the Mets-Braves game being postponed. The teams will play a traditional doubleheader today.

Dykstra charged: Former Mets and Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been charged with embezzling from a bankruptcy estate. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles allege that after filing for bankruptcy in 2009, Dykstra hid, sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from his $18.5 million mansion in Ventura County. Dykstra, 48, claimed he owed more than $31 million and had only $50,000 in assets. Authorities also say he was arrested Thursday in an unrelated grand theft investigation and remains jailed without bail. Local prosecutors haven't filed the latter case. After retiring from baseball, Dykstra was involved in various businesses and briefly was a stock-picks guru.

Manager returns: Luis Salazar, manager of the Braves' Class-A affiliate in Virginia who lost his left eye after being hit by a line drive at spring training, returned to the dugout for the Lynchburg Hillcats' opener. "To me, it's another challenge," he said. "They're not going to take baseball away from me."

Brewers: RHP Zack Greinke threw a 30-pitch simulated game, another step in his return from a cracked rib. He hopes to make his first rehab start Tuesday at Class-A Brevard County.

Mets: RHP Boof Bonser, a Gibbs High product pitching at Triple-A Buffalo, will have elbow-ligament replacement surgery next week, the team said. Bonser, who competed for a starting job in spring, left his last start due to right forearm discomfort.

Rockies: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (cracked cuticle on right thumb) had his return from the DL pushed back to Tuesday.

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