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CHICAGO (AP) Fans and friends paid tribute to legendary Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks on Saturday, recalling how he helped break baseball's color barrier during a Hall of Fame career in which he won over teammates and an entire city with the unwavering optimism he brought to the game and life.

At a memorial service in a Chicago church, the buoyant man known as "Mr. Cub" was remembered for his character as much as his accomplishments on the ballfield, including his 512 career home runs. Speaker after speaker recalled Banks' unflagging spirit and good cheer - he enthusiastically predicted each spring that his team would win the pennant - as well as his humility and care for others.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Banks "disarmed adversaries with optimism" and "branded goodwill." Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Banks was a "humble hero" who taught younger generations "how to play the game of life." Fellow Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins said the unassuming, joyful Banks strove to be a good teammate, not a star.

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Orioles' Duquette says Jays pursued him

BALTIMORE (AP) Dan Duquette's job description includes making trades that will help improve the Baltimore Orioles.

This offseason, Duquette was in the middle of a potential blockbuster deal.

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Angels, RHP Richards agree on $3.2M deal

(AP) -- A person with knowledge of the contract has told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Angels have reached a $3.2 million deal for the upcoming season with right-hander Garrett Richards.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the announcement hadn't been made.

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Biggio 'speechless' after touring HOF

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now."

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Pearce, Orioles agree to 1 year, $3.7M

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Pearce had asked for $5.4 million and had been offered $2 million when the sides exchanged proposed salaries two weeks ago, the largest gap among the 74 players who swapped. The settlement Friday was at the midpoint.

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RHP Ogando, Red Sox reach 1-year deal

BOSTON (AP) Free agent pitcher Alexi Ogando and the Boston Red Sox reached agreement Friday on a one-year deal.

The contract was expected to be worth $1.5 million, plus performance bonuses.

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Braves RHPs Hale, Schlosser to Rockies

ATLANTA (AP) The Braves pulled off another trade in their busy offseason Friday, dealing right-handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

Hale pitched 45 games for Atlanta last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

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Phillies sign RHP Billingsley for $1.5M

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Chad Billingsley and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.

Billingsley can earn an additional $3 million based on innings under Thursday's deal plus $2 million based on starts and $1.5 million based on time on the active roster.

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Brewers land reliever Cotts for $3M

MILWAUKEE (AP) Reliever Neal Cotts and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 2-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 relief appearances for Texas last season, a year after going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games with the Rangers. Cotts has held opponents to a .223 average during the past two seasons with 128 strikeouts in 123 2-3 innings.

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Yankees sign RHP Baker to minors deal

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees and right-hander Scott Baker have agreed to a one-year minor league contract.

The 33-year-old Baker is 66-52 in 191 big league outings - 170 starts - for Minnesota, the Chicago Cubs and Texas. He has a 4.25 ERA and 831 strikeouts in 1,053 2-3 innings.

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