CHICAGO -- Carlos Zambrano's long wait paid off. The Chicago Cubs' talented and emotional ace agreed Friday to a five-year, $91.5 million contract extension that features a vesting option for a sixth season.
Zambrano skipped a shot at free agency and its lucrative payday to stay with the only club he's ever known.
• The Boston Red Sox put backup catcher Doug Mirabelli on the 15-day disabled list after he injured himself in the first game of a doubleheader, the biggest in a series of moves designed to bolster the team for the pennant race.
Outfielder Wily Mo Pena was traded to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named. Right-hander Clay Buccholz was called up to start the first game against the Los Angeles Angels, which Boston won 8-4, then was sent back down for the nightcap.
With those roster spots, the Red Sox called up outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher Kevin Cash from Triple-A Pawtucket.
• CLEMSON FOOTBALL -- Reserve tailback Ray Ray McElrathbey will miss the upcoming season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
McElrathbey went down without contact during a drill Thursday but hoped, based on the initial evaluation, that he had merely sprained a tendon.
The redshirt sophomore from Atlanta took the news hard and was not available for comment after practice.
Through a school spokesman, McElrathbey said: "At first I was upset. But I am past that now. Sometimes God tests you in different ways and it makes you stronger in the end."
• WNBA -- In New York, Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 18 points to lead New York to a 74-66 victory over Connecticut, tying the Liberty with Washington for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
• FEVER 59, SILVER STARS 55 -- In San Antonio, Tamika Whitmore made two big baskets late to help Indiana wrap up the second spot in the playoffs with a win over San Antonio.