Miguel Tejada was traded from Baltimore to Houston for five players Wednesday, giving the former AL MVP a fresh start on a team looking to boost its lineup.
The Orioles got outfielder Luke Scott, pitchers Matt Albers, Troy Patton and Dennis Sarfate, and third baseman Michael Costanzo.
Tejada hit .296 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs this season. At 31, he's a four-time All-Star shortstop, but the Orioles were worried about his range.
• Jeff Kent, baseball's career leader in home runs by a second baseman, will return to play a fourth season for Los Angeles.
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Jeff Klein, Kent's agent, said in an e-mail that his client had advised Dodgers' general manager Ned Colletti that he intends to play next year.
• Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and the Chicago Cubs reached a preliminary agreement on a $48 million, four-year contract.
The deal is subject to a physical that is expected to take place next week, the Cubs said.
• Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees agreed to a $16 million, one-year contract.
• When Jake Peavy said it wasn't about the money, he really meant it.
After all, the Cy Young Award winner could have played out his contract with San Diego and gotten big money elsewhere as a free agent.
As it is, the $52 million, three-year extension Peavy signed is the biggest deal in Padres history. It's much more than the good ol' boy from Alabama probably ever imagined he'd make.
• NASCAR -- It's not the Southern 500 at Darlington. But some of racing's most famous names will return to the track "Too Tough To Tame" next Labor Day weekend.
Raceway officials said that NASCAR greats David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Buddy Baker, Junior Johnson and others will take part in the Darlington Historic Racing Festival Aug. 30-31.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Southern Mississippi hired Oklahoma State assistant Larry Fedora as its new coach.
• Buffalo offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild was hired to replace Sonny Lubick as Colorado State coach.
Fairchild, a former Rams quarterback and assistant coach, takes over a team that finished 3-9 last season, leading to the firing of Lubick after 15 years in charge.
• Auburn hired Tony Franklin as offensive coordinator in a move that likely means a significant overhaul of the Tigers' mostly conservative offense.
Franklin, who will also coach quarterbacks, spent the past two seasons running his no-huddle spread offense at Troy and also is a former Kentucky offensive coordinator.
• NFL -- Atlanta assistant Emmitt Thomas was promoted to interim head coach for the final three games of the regular season. He replaces Bobby Petrino, who resigned to become coach at Arkansas.
A 64-year-old assistant with the Falcons since 2002, Thomas has no previous experience as a head coach, but has 28 years in coaching. Thomas has worked under head coaches Dan Reeves, Jim Mora and Petrino in Atlanta.
Thomas is the first black head coach in the team's history.
• Chris Weinke signed with San Francisco.
He has been out of football since Carolina released him in March after six seasons, mostly as a backup. The 35-year-old quarterback played six years of minor-league baseball before winning the Heisman Trophy at Florida State in 2000.
Shaun Hill, a career third-stringer, is expected to start Saturday against Cincinnati.
• NBA -- L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson signed a two-year contract extension believed to be worth about $24 million, keeping him on the bench through the 2009-10 season.