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March 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is nearing a one-year contract extension for 2015 worth about $15 million, according to multiple reports.


"We're trying. We've been trying the last couple days," Red Sox president Larry Lucchino told

Ortiz acknowledged that contract talks have gone well. He said during the offseason that he wanted to add another year to his contract, which pays him $15 million this year.

Ortiz is coming off a 2013 World Series in which he batted.688. Last year, Ortiz hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI.

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Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish was ruled out of his scheduled start Friday because of a stiff neck.

"I slept on it wrong," Darvish said, according to "If I have two or three days it will be fine."

Darvish was scheduled to throw 90 pitches Friday as he prepares to start Opening Day against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 31.

Last year, Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and 277 strikeouts in 209 2/3 innings. He placed second in the American League Cy Young award voting.

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Detroit Tigers right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon will miss the season with a torn ligament in his throwing elbow.

Rondon will have Tommy John surgery to repair the injury next week. Rondon, a candidate to be the Tigers' eighth-inning setup man, experienced discomfort Monday, a day after pitching a scoreless inning against the Washington Nationals in Grapefruit League action.

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The Philadelphia Phillies' clubhouse at their spring training complex in Florida is being disinfected after infielder Freddy Galvis was diagnosed with a staph infection in his left leg, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

Galvis, who will start the season on the disabled list, is being tested for MRSA, a bacteria that can lead to infections that are resistant to antibiotics.

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The Los Angeles Angels acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infielder Andrew Romine on Friday.

Alvarez, 24, appeared in 14 games with the Tigers last year while spending the majority of the season with Class AAA Toledo, where he was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He went 8-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Toledo. Alvarez made his major-league debut last year and went 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA in 14 games (six starts).

Romine, 28, batted .259 with nine runs scored, three doubles and 10 RBI in 47 games for the Angels in 2013. In 74 career games with the Angels, Romine batted .250 with 13 runs scored, 16 doubles, 11 RBI and three stolen bases in 74 games.

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