Cards sign pitcher Brad Penny, Yankees make trade


The Detroit Tigers have apparently shipped All-Star center fielder Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Arizona Diamondbacks. Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is done, pending review of the medical records. While the Yankees receive the speedy Granderson, Detroit picks up righty Max Scherzer and left-hander Dan Schlereth from Arizona, lefty reliever Phil Coke and outfield prospect Austin Jackson from New York, with the Diamondbacks netting right-handers Edwin Jackson from the Tigers and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees.

The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent third baseman Chone Figgins to a four-year contract. Financial details were not released, but the deal is believed to be worth roughly $36 million. As versatile a player as there is in the league, Figgins will likely take over for Adrian Beltre as the team's everyday third baseman. The 31-year-old hit .298 with a .395 on-base percentage last season for the Angels, adding 42 steals and 54 RBI for the American League West champions while receiving his first All-Star selection.

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brad Penny on a one-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but multiple outlets reported the contract is worth $7.5 million with incentives that could push it to $9 million. Penny signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Boston Red Sox last offseason but was dreadful for them, going 7-8 with a 5.61 earned run average in 24 starts and just one win in his final 11 outings. The 31-year-old Penny was eventually released by the Red Sox in late August but quickly signed with the San Francisco Giants for the final month of the season. Penny tossed eight shutout innings to get the win in his San Francisco debut against the Philadelphia Phillies and was 4-1 with the Giants with a 2.59 ERA in six starts.


The Philadelphia Flyers have placed goaltender Ray Emery on injured reserve with an abdominal injury. Emery will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren expects the 27-year-old Emery to miss a minimum of six weeks. In 21 starts this season, Emery holds an 11-8-1 record with a 2.83 GAA.

The Carolina Hurricanes activated goaltender Cam Ward from the long-term injured list. Ward has missed the last 13 games after being cut on the leg by Columbus forward Rick Nash's skate in the club's loss on November 7. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner is eligible to play at New Jersey on Wednesday. The 25-year-old is 2-9-3 with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage this season.


Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger will be out of the lineup at least four to six weeks with a torn right plantar fascia, the team announced on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 forward, who has been slowed by a heel bruise since the preseason, aggravated the foot in the Pacers' 88-72 setback at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. In 17 games this season, Granger is averaging a team- best 24.4 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds per game.


IndyCar Racing's most popular star Danica Patrick confirmed on Tuesday that she will run a partial schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports -- a team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rick Hendrick -- in 2010. Tony Eury Jr. will serve as her crew chief, and will sponsor the team's efforts. Patrick will make her foray into stock car racing when she competes in the February 6 ARCA Series event at Daytona.


Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain was awarded the 2009 Dick Butkus award as the nation's top linebacker. The junior was presented the award on Tuesday by Butkus, a Hall of Fame linebacker who played his college ball at Illinois. McClain led the Crimson Tide with 101 tackles, which included 12 1/2 for a loss. He added four sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble on the nation's top-scoring defense.


Tiger Woods' mother-in-law was released from a hospital after a brief stay on Tuesday morning. Barbro Holmberg, mother of Woods' wife, Elin, was released from Health Central Hospital after she was admitted earlier in the day with stomach pain. Health Central Hospital spokesman Dan Yates said Holmberg arrived at the hospital around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. She was reportedly on advanced life support when she came to the hospital, which was the same facility that treated Woods after his crash on November 27. Officials released the 911 call made early Tuesday morning made apparently by Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, although the woman never disclosed her name.