Brewers trade Aoki, likely means Braun to RF
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Brewers have traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals, a move that likely means Ryan Braun will move from left to right field in 2014.
Milwaukee acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Kansas City in exchange for Aoki, who hit .286 with eight homers, 37 RBIs, 20 steals and 80 runs scored last season.
Braun is expected back after his season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement. Rookie Khris Davis emerged down the stretch filling in for Braun in left by hitting .279 with 11 homers.
The Brewers could go into next season now with Davis in left, Gold Glove-winner Carlos Gomez in center, and Braun in right.
Aoki would become the first Japanese-born position player to suit up for the Royals.
AP source: Red Sox sign reliever Edward Mujica
BOSTON (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Boston Red Sox and reliever Edward Mujica have agreed on a two-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal was pending a physical and had not been announced. The 29-year-old Mujica gives the Red Sox some protection if closer Koji Uehara, who turns 39 in April, cannot repeat his 2013 performance next season.
The move comes one day after Boston completed an $8.25 million, one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who gets a $7.5 million salary and a $750,000 signing bonus.
Mujica was 2-1 with 37 saves and a 2.78 ERA for the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals last season. He made two appearances in the playoffs, giving up one run in two innings. He did not appear in the World Series against the Red Sox.
In an eight-year career, the right-handed Venezuelan has a 19-19 record with 41 saves and a 3.75 ERA.
Cook leads Rams receivers in catches, yards
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams expected big things this season from free agent tight end Jared Cook.
And for the most part, he has delivered.
The 26-year-old Cook is leading the Rams this season in both catches (40) and yards receiving (557).
The 6-foot-5, 254-pound Cook has plenty of speed. He's been timed at 4.49 in the 40 and he can leap like a hurdler. The versatile Cook can line up at tight end, in the slot, at wide receiver and in the backfield as an H-back.
The Rams coveted that ability when they signed him as a free agent from Tennessee. St. Louis gave Cook a $35.1 million deal for five years to be another option for an offense that was lacking big plays in 2012.
St. Louis wanted him to be used in the offense similar to some of the talented tight ends in the league such as Tony Gonzalez and Vernon Davis.
Chiefs revolving O-line finally hits stride
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Branden Albert is hurt, so is Jon Asamoah, and the No. 1 overall pick in last April's draft has gone through a painful series of growing pains this season.
It's been a tough time to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line.
Yet despite all the shuffling caused by a spate of injuries, the front five has played perhaps its best football of the season the last three weeks, which just so happen to have coincided with the offense's best performances of the season - and a frustrating three-game losing streak.
Offensive guard Jeff Allen said the line is simply getting comfortable with coach Andy Reid's offense. Finally, after 12 weeks of regular-season games.
Kansas State holds on to beat Ole Miss 61-58
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson scored 15 points each to lead Kansas State, and Marshall Henderson's go-ahead 3-point try with 2 seconds left missed everything, allowing the Wildcats to hang on for a 61-58 victory over Mississippi Thursday night.
Wesley Iwundu added 10 points, including a free throw after Henderson's missed 3-pointer, as the Wildcats (5-3) beat the Rebels (6-1) for the first time in five tries.
Henderson, the flamboyant guard who dazzled in last year's NCAA tournament, finished with 13 points but was just 4 of 18 from the field and 2 of 13 from beyond the arc.
Jarvis Summers led the Rebels with 18 points.
Neither team led by more than five points, and it remained tense in the closing seconds.
Henderson's fade-away 3-pointer with 28.8 seconds left got the Rebels within 59-58, but Will Spradling made one of two free throws to give Kansas State a cushion.
Former Mizzou football players latest to sue NCAA
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two former Missouri football players are suing the NCAA in federal court over head injuries they suffered decades ago, joining a cascade of recent lawsuits against college sports' governing body related to traumatic brain injuries.
Tony Van Zant and Sharron Washington filed the suit Tuesday. Both played for Missouri from 1987 to 1991. Van Zant is now running backs coach at Division II Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
Both say they suffer headaches, depression and other ailments. The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and testing for former college players with similar head injuries and didn't advance to the NFL.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in recent months in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota and Tennessee by ex-players from schools such as Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Oregon and Vanderbilt.
Missouri raises possibility of Pinkel extension
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri athletic director Mike Alden addressed the likelihood coach Gary Pinkel will be sought for the Washington opening, raising the possibility of a contract extension after the season.
The fifth-ranked Tigers play No. 3 Auburn in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta. Both schools are 11-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Pinkel has 101 victories in 13 seasons at Missouri, tied with Don Faurot for most in school history.
Alden said he's proud of the team's success academically too, and said he and the coach have already spoken about the future.
Missouri TB Josey is game-breaker again
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A little more than two years ago, Henry Josey shredded his left knee making a cut. He tore the ACL, MCL and patellar tendon on a 2-yard gain against Texas, an injury so extensive Missouri coach Gary Pinkel thought it looked like his star tailback had been in an automobile accident.
It was serious enough that Texas coach Mack Brown crossed the field at a hushed Faurot Field to pay respect.
In the SEC championship game Saturday, No. 3 Auburn will see a player who's made it all the way back.
Coaches and teammates couldn't have been more pleased that the 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior got a chance to really stretch his legs on the go-ahead touchdown late in the victory over Texas A&M that wrapped up the SEC East.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Knowles takes lead in steer wrestling standings
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trevor Knowles had a near-record run of 3.1 seconds Thursday night to take the lead in the steer wrestling season standings after the first round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Knowles, from Mount Vernon, Ore., was a tenth of a second off the Thomas & Mack Center record of 3.0 set by Steve Duhon in 1986 and matched by Bryan Fields in 2001. Knowles had the fastest first-round time in NFR history, breaking the mark of 3.3 set by Gary Green and Roy Duvall in 1985.
Knowles pushed his season money total to $120,158. Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., finished fourth in 4.2 to drop into second place at $116,750.
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