Braves sign infielder Ramiro Pena to one-year contract


Ramiro Pena and the Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Mark Bowman of

Pena was a utility man for the Yankees in 2009 and 2010, but has played sparingly for them during the past two seasons while spending most of his time at Triple-A hitting just .257 with a .673 OPS in 199 games.

At age 27 he doesn’t have much upside, but Bowman reports that Pena is getting a major-league contract and will presumably have a bench gig for 2013.

Between this and Jack Hannahan’s two-year deal with the Reds it’s a helluva day to be a no-hit utility man.

John Farrell will return to manage Red Sox in 2016

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John Farrell will return to manage the Red Sox next season, provided he is healthy enough to do so, the club announced Sunday morning in a press release.

Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as Boston’s interim manager since Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, signed a two-year contract to return as Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo also forfeited his right to pursue another managerial role with the new deal.

Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013 and the problems with the Red Sox over the last two seasons have been more about roster construction.

Dave Dombrowski took over the front office from Ben Cherington back in mid-August and will try to turn things around this winter.

All of the other coaches on Farrell’s staff will return except first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.

Piscotty returns to Cardinals lineup after concussion

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Stephen Piscotty took the brunt of a frightening outfield collision last week at PNC Park, but he only suffered a mild concussion and was cleared for baseball activities a couple days later.

Now he is back in the Cardinals’ starting lineup, batting second and playing right field Sunday in the first half of a doubleheader against the Braves at Atlanta’s Turner Field.

Piscotty has an impressive .867 OPS with seven home runs and 39 RBI over his first 62 major league games. He should be a big part of the Cardinals’ postseason push, drawing starts in the corner outfield spots and at first base.

St. Louis will get either the Pirates or Cubs in the NLDS.