* Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The team announced the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon's replacement yesterday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu.
Cash, who turns 37 today, has no previous managerial experience. The former big-league catcher, who appeared in 13 games with Tampa Bay in 2005, served as Cleveland's bullpen coach for the past two seasons and becomes the youngest active manager in the majors.
Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez, who is still an active player, was the third finalist for the job. He withdrew his name from consideration this week.
Maddon opted out of his contract with Rays on Oct. 24, later joining the Cubs as their new manager.
Wakamatsu was the only candidate among the finalists with prior managerial experience at any level, having gone 127-147 in one-plus season as the Mariners' skipper in 2009 and 2010. Wakamatsu, 51, has spent 10 seasons as a bench coach with the Royals, Blue Jays, Athletics and Rangers. The Mariners went 85-77 in 2009, but he was fired in August of the following season when Seattle stumbled to a 42-70 start.
Ibanez, 42, a former Phillie, batted .167 with five homers and 26 RBI in his 19th major league season and, this past season, appeared in 90 games with the Royals and Angels. He removed himself from consideration before a scheduled interview Thursday with president of baseball operations Matt Silverman.
* The Diamondbacks sent slick-fielding, light-hitting shortstop Didi Gregorius to the Yankees, where he becomes a favorite to replace Derek Jeter. The Tigers acquired righthander Shane Greene from the Yankees and sent lefthander Robbie Ray and teenage infielder Domingo Leyba to Arizona.
* Pitcher Ryan Dempster retired from the Cubs and joined their front office.
* Oregon State coach Mike Riley was introduced as Nebraska's new head coach, and the curious nature of his hiring was the dominant theme of his news conference. Riley is now in charge of one of the most tradition-rich programs in college football history, a job he landed after going 5-7 this season and 93-80 in 14 years at Oregon State. That's less than seven wins per year, and he is replacing a coach in Bo Pelini who won at least nine games every season.
* Columbia football coach Pete Mangurian resigned after a winless season and amid reports about a letter that accused him of abusive coaching tactics. Mangurian was 3-27 in three seasons.
* Kansas hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third head footbal coach in 5 years.
* Quarterback Drew Hare (29-for-49, 218 yards) threw for two touchdown and Cameron Stingily (15 carries, 116 yards) ran for two more as Northern Illinois (11-2) routed Bowling Green, 51-17, in the Mid-Atlantic Conference championship game in Detroit.
* Kyle Petty will join NBC Sports Network's broadcast team for next year's NASCAR coverage. He'll join host Krista Voda for prerace and postrace shows for Sprint Cup and Xfinity (formerly Nationwide) race telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
* La Salle senior forward Kelsey Haycook was named a second-team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She received the same honor as a freshman. She set the La Salle women's soccer single-season record for goals (20) and points (43) this season.