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Three arrests made in slaying of former pitcher

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Police in the Dominican Republic said they arrested three men suspected of killing former major league pitcher Pascual Perez during an attempted home robbery.

Maximo Baez, the criminal investigations director, said one suspect confessed that he and four others planned to rob Perez's home. Police said they have identified the two other suspects, who remain fugitives.

Perez, 55, last played for the Yankees in 1991. He was discovered by his ex-wife Thursday with severe head wounds in a town west of the capital of Santo Domingo. Police said he had been hit repeatedly with a hammer.

Police said one of the suspects knew Perez and told authorities that they sought to steal his $2,400 monthly pension for his 11-year career in the majors.

Another suspect was identified by police as a low-level drug dealer, while a third suspect was arrested Saturday after police said he sold one of Perez's cel phones for $6.25.

RIVERA'S RETURN: Closer Mariana Rivera will return to the Yankees next season as expected, the New York Post reported. GM Brian Cashman told the newspaper that the all-time saves leader called him Friday to tell him he wanted to play. Rivera, 42, missed most of the 2012 season with a torn ACL.

MCGWIRE TO DODGERS: Mark McGwire intends to resign as Cardinals hitting coach to take the same job with the Dodgers, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. The former slugger reportedly wishes to be close to his family in Orange County, Calif. St. Louis is expected to promote assistant hitting coach John Mabry to fill McGwire's spot.

ANOTHER CHANCE: Suspended RHP Bartolo Colon is getting a second chance with the Athletics, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. Colon, 39, was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 22 after testing positive for testosterone. The ban will run five games into the 2013 season.

HAREN ON MARKET: The Angels declined a $15.5 million club option on RHP Dan Haren after a proposed trade with the Cubs fell through, making the 32-year-old veteran a free agent.

INDIANS-BLUE JAYS TRADE: Cleveland traded RHP Esmil Rogers to Toronto for INFs Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes. The Blue Jays dealt Aviles less than two weeks after acquiring him from the Red Sox.

DODGERS: RHP Javy Guerra had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday and is expected to be ready for spring training.

MARLINS: INF Kevin Kouzmanoff, 31, who spent all of last season in the minors, agreed to a minor-league contract and will be invited to spring training.

Three arrests made in slaying of former pitcher 11/03/12 [Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 8:24pm]
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