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MLB roundup: Rays, Archer reach agreement on 6-year deal

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 02 2014 08:59:46 PM MDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

Second-year starting pitcher Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a six-year contract worth $25.5 million that includes team options to tie Archer through the team through 2021.

Archer, who starts his first game of the season and 28th of his career Thursday, was acquired in 2011 in a trade with the Chicago Cubs that shipped Matt Garza out of Tampa.

He finished third Rookie of the Year voting last season behind teammate Wil Myers. Archer was 9-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 23 starts last season.

---New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira admits he has accepted that his wrist will never be the same as he continues to recover from last season's surgery.

"It's never going to be normal. (There will be) a new normal and hopefully it will get stronger," Teixeira told the New York Daily News after Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

Teixeira went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the season opener. He will be 34 years old on April 11.

---It took all of seven innings this season for Wilson Ramos' familiarly bad luck to appear. The Washington Nationals catcher is out at least four weeks with a broken bone in his left hand.

Ramos, who played in just 103 total games the past two seasons because of two knee surgeries and a chronic left hamstring injury, left in the seventh inning of the Nationals' 9-7, 10-inning win over the Mets on Monday with a sore left hand. Ramos saw a hand specialist Tuesday, and manager Matt Williams confirmed Wednesday that he would miss at least a month.

Backup catcher Jose Lobaton, who went 1-for-2 with a run on Monday after replacing Ramos, figures to draw the majority of the starts with Ramos on the disabled list.

---The Los Angeles Dodgers received a double dose of bad pitching news. Two-time Cy Young Award-winning left-hander Clayton Kershaw will be on a "submaximal throwing program" for at least 2-3 weeks before his back strain will even be re-evaluated and right-handed reliever Brian Wilson went on the 15-day disabled list with a nerve impingement in the right elbow that underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2012.

Mattingly said Wilson felt pain in his elbow Sunday night while getting warm in the bullpen. He came in and gave up three runs, including a homer, to take the loss against the Padres. As for Kershaw, if he can not throw at 100 percent before being re-evaluated, it is unlikely he will see action before May.