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minor-leaguer for rays gets suspension

Rays minor-league catcher David Wendt has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine, the commissioner's office said Monday.

Wendt, 26, who split last season between Class A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery, is the seventh Rays minor-leaguer to be suspended in the past year for violating the minor-league drug prevention and treatment program.

Free agent catcher Bryan Henry, another minor-leaguer though not affiliated with the Rays, was also suspended 50 games for testing positive for Methyl­hexaneamine, a banned dietary supplement originally developed as a nasal decongestant.

Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin received a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016 season. Also, the team reached agreement on a $1 million, one-year deal with C George Kottaras.

Blue Jays: OF Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor-league contract to return to the team, which also settled with OF Colby Rasmus on a one-year deal worth $4,675,000.

Diamondbacks: Reliever J.J. Putz, 35, has agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014. The right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year, converting 19 straight save chances from late May through August.

Orioles: RHP Tommy Hunter agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling his salary of $493,500 last year. Hunter, 26, was 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA in 20 starts and 13 relief appearances last year.


Ronaldo will fulfill Real Madrid deal

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated that he has no immediate plans to leave Real Madrid, but he didn't rule out changing clubs beginning in 2015.

"I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid: I'm very clear about that. After that, well, I don't know what'll happen in the future," Ronaldo told

Ronaldo was serving a suspension and did not play Saturday against Osasuna. Real Madrid was held to a 0-0 draw, leaving the team 18 points behind leader Barcelona at the halfway point of the La Liga season.

Rowdies: The team signed veteran defender Andres Arango to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. He played the past two seasons with the Rowdies, starting 16 regular-season games and four postseason games in 2012.

Et cetera

Figure skating: Two-time U.S. champion Alissa Czisny has withdrawn from next week's nationals in Omaha, Neb., after dislocating her left hip. She was injured Saturday while performing her free skate at the Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wis. The 2009 and 2011 U.S. champion, who had surgery in June to repair a labral tear in her left hip, will have further evaluation.

Gymnastics: Two years after discovering she had a rare form of ovarian cancer, Shannon Miller is expecting her second child. Miller the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history, is due this summer. She and husband John Falconetti also have a 3-year-old son, Rocco. Miller, 35, is a two-time world all-around champ. She won seven Olympic medals and nine at the world championships.

Arena football: The Storm added defensive back Bryan Evans, a former University of Georgia player who was with Jacksonville last season.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer; Times wires

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