The Baltimore Orioles agreed Wednesday with designated hitter-outfielder
on a one-year, $2.25 million deal, pending a physical, the Baltimore Sun reported, citing sources.
Young, 29, hit .302 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 83 games last season. He played for the Phillies and Tampa Bay in 2013 and signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles in January.
The Orioles' outfield was depleted by the losses of free agents Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis. The O's also claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, a week after the Cubs claimed him from Boston. They released outfielder Quintin Berry.
Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez was at a HoneyBaked Ham store when he broke the news that the Braves had signed 37-year-old free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, Fox Sports reported. That came a day after Atlanta and righthanded reliever Jason Grilli, 38, agreed to a two-year contract.
BOXING In honor of Philadelphia native Bernard Hopkins, who will turn 50 on Jan. 15, Golden Boy Promotions will feature a night of boxing Jan. 20 at the 2300 Arena at Swanson and Ritner Streets. The fights will be shown on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
In the main event, Philadelphia's Eric "The Outlaw" Hunter (19-3, 10 knockouts) will take on Nicaraguan junior-lightweight contender Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. In the super-lightweight co-main 10-round event, junior welterweight Michael "The Artist" Perez of Newark, N.J., looks to extend his unbeaten streak to eight fights against an opponent to be announced. Undefeated Lamont Roach Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) will open the televised action in a six-round junior-lightweight bout against an opponent to be named.
NHL San Jose Sharks forward John Scott was suspended for four games without pay for punching Anaheim Ducks forward Tim Jackman. Scott struck an unsuspecting Jackman in the face after a play in the Ducks' 3-2 overtime win Monday, sending him crumpling to the ice. He did not receive a penalty.
Scott also was banned two games in October for going onto the ice to fight Jackman. He already was considered a repeat offender after being suspended for an illegal hit to the head. The league said he will forfeit $34,146 in salary.
On Christmas Eve, about 12 hours after the New York Rangers beat Washington, the NHL official scorer credited Rick Nash with his third goal of the game - his first hat trick with the Rangers.
GOLF Steve Stricker underwent surgery in Madison, Wis., on a bulging disk in his lower back to alleviate recurring pain in his hip area.