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Mariners finalize deal with Ichiro...Clippard signs minor-league deal...Lopez, Holliday won’t rest

March 7, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have finalized a one-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki. The deal comes after several outfielders got hurt. Suzuki underwent a physical in Seattle on Monday. He spent his first 11 major league seasons with the Mariners, earning 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP, winning a pair of batting titles and becoming a 10-time All-Star. He was traded to the New York Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with the Yankees, then spent three seasons with Miami. He has a .312 average and 3,080 hits.

DUNDEIN, Fla. (AP) — Reliever Tyler Clippard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. The 33-year-old right-hander had been working out with major league free agents in Bradenton. He had said last week that he wanted a major league contract. Clippard was 2-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 76 games last season with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, who did not put him on any of their postseason rosters.

DENVER (AP) — Kevin Love has been overwhelmed by the flurry of positive responses a day after opening up about his struggles with mental health issues. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward says he’s received more than 4,000 messages after writing an essay for The Player’s Tribune in which he addressed such things as his panic attack during a game this season and how he’s spent most of his life afraid to accept there was something wrong with him. Love says, “We need to beat down that stigma about mental health.”

CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls executive vice president John Paxson says the team will no longer rest Robin Lopez or Justin Holliday after receiving a reminder from the league office about player rest and tanking. The Bulls have the eighth-worst record in the NBA at 21-42. There are five teams tied with 20 wins right behind them, and Chicago would clearly increase their chances of getting a better draft pick in the NBA lottery if they are able to lose a few games.

TORONTO (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is the most admired and appreciated player in the NHL, judging from the 2017-18 NHLPA Player Poll. A survey of more than 500 players resulted in Crosby being voted the most difficult to play against, best role model, best team player, the player you’d want to win one game, and the player who would be a great coach upon retirement.

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