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March 13, 2019

UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots’ twin combination in the secondary will remain intact for another season. A person familiar with the move says cornerback Jason McCourty has agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Super Bowl champions. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams are not permitted to announce any moves until later in the day. A second person familiar with a separate deal says defensive back Eric Rowe will sign a one-year contract worth $4.5 million to join the Miami Dolphins.

UNDATED (AP) — Guard A.J. Cann has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars just hours before he would have become a free agent. Cann is expected to sign the new deal either later today or tomorrow. NFL Network reported that it’s worth $15 million. Cann started 59 of 64 games over four seasons for the Jaguars. He should provide some continuity and stability up front for new quarterback Nick Foles, who is expected to formally agree to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jags when free agency officially opens.

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers are signing Tyrod Taylor to a two-year contract to be Philip Rivers’ backup, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Taylor has started 46 games during his eight-year career. Taylor started the first three games last season for Cleveland before suffering a concussion and back injury against the New York Jets. Taylor then lost his starting job to rookie Baker Mayfield. Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was Taylor’s offensive coordinator in Buffalo in 2016.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) is due to play in a controlled minor league game this afternoon, a major step in his recovery from a calf strain. He’s expected to bat three times and play in the field. Lindor got hurt while working out in Florida early last month. He has been limited at spring training to batting practice and stationary fielding. The Indians remain hopeful that he’ll be ready for the club’s March 28 opener at Minnesota.

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb has been picked by new Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde to start the Orioles’ opener on March 28 at the New York Yankees. Cobb was 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA last year in his first season with the Orioles after signing a $57 million, four-year contract on March 21. The 31-year-old right-hander spent six seasons with Tampa Bay and is 53-50 with a 3.75 ERA. Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start for the Yankees.