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Tampa native Matt Joyce hopes to play more regularly again in his new role with the A's, who needed a new outfielder to fill a big void and put him high on their offseason list. Joyce reached agreement on an $11 million, two-year contract Wednesday. "Obviously the biggest thing that was kind of noticed for me was how interested they were and the opportunity to get substantial playing time again coming from the situations that I was in last year," Joyce said. The 32-year-old has played 140 games in each of three of the past four seasons, batting .242 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs this year for Pittsburgh. The former Ray (2009-14) will play for his fifth major-league team as he begins his 10th season.

MORE SIGNINGS: OF Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets finalized a $110 million, four-year contract. … The Twins signed former Astros C Jason Castro to a three-year, $24.5 million deal. … The Braves finalized an $11.5 million, two-year contract with former Rays utility player Sean Rodriguez.


SOCCER: Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored two minutes apart in extra time and host Toronto advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting Montreal 5-2 for a 7-5 aggregate win before a BMO Field-record crowd of 36,000. Toronto hosts Seattle on Dec. 10 for the title. … Host Manchester United beat West Ham 4-1 and visiting Southampton beat Arsenal 2-0 in the English League Cup quarterfinals.

GOLF: The LPGA Tour will have four new tournaments next year with an increase of $4.35 million in total prize money. There will be 34 official tournaments, 21 in North America. The season starts Jan. 26 in the Bahamas, followed by three weeks in Australia, Thailand and Singapore before the first domestic event in Arizona on March 16-19.

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