The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year deal with righthanded relief pitcher

Takashi Saito


Saito, 40, was 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 56 appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. He has a 17-13 career record with a 2.19 ERA in five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston and Atlanta.

Saito, who has 84 career saves, is expected to fill the setup role for closer John Axford.

The New York Mets have acquired shortstop Hu Chin-lung from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league lefthander Michael Antonini.

The 26-year-old Hu spent most of last season at triple-A Albuquerque where he hit .317 with four home runs and 25 RBIs. In two brief stints with Los Angeles he batted .130 (3 for 23).

Antonini was 6-9 with a 4.23 ERA in 23 starts for double-A Binghamton.

Former American League rookie of the year Marty Cordova is asking for help and prayers after his 15-year-old daughter was badly injured in an auto accident in suburban Salt Lake City.

Cordova said Ashley McAdam was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend that was hit by a truck as it pulled into their Herriman High School on Dec. 16. His daughter has been in a coma for 11 days and so far has been unresponsive. She also suffered a broken jaw, femur and elbow.

Cordova played nine seasons with the Twins, Blue Jays, Indians and Orioles. He won the AL rookie of the year with the Twins in 1995.

SOCCER: Arsenal scored three goals in 10 minutes to overwhelm defending Premier League champion Chelsea by 3-1, keeping the pressure on unbeaten leader Manchester United in the title race.

JURISPRUDENCE: Florida International University baseball star Garrett Wittels and a group of friends have been charged with the rapes of two 17-year-old American girls at a casino in the Bahamas on Dec. 20.

Wittels, 20, holds the second-longest hitting streak (56 games) in NCAA history and is expected to make a run at breaking the record when the baseball season begins in February. The record of 58 games was set by former major leaguer Robin Ventura at Oklahoma State in 1987.

- Associated Press