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• FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brian Roberts agreed Wednesday to a $14.3 million, two-year contract extension with the Baltimore Orioles through 2009, and the second baseman trimmed what had been a mop top.

"I don't want to make Mr. Angelos mad," he said when asked if the corporate cut was related to the deal, a reference to Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

Roberts agreed Feb. 1 to a one-year contract that pays him $4.2 million this year. The extension calls for $6.3 million in 2008 and $8 million in 2009, meaning he will make $18.5 million over three seasons.

Torre hasn't talked with A-Rod about opt out clause

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• TAMPA, Fla. - Yankees manager Joe Torre hasn't spoken with Alex Rodriguez about the opt-out clause in the New York third baseman's contract.

Rodriguez, a two-time AL MVP, is entering the seventh season of his $252 million, 10-year contract, a deal he signed with the Texas Rangers. He can opt out of the agreement after the season and become a free agent.

"I hope he doesn't add that to everything he has to deal with at this point in time. It's tough enough playing this game without looking for the finish line too soon," Torre said.

Rangers' Young sits out after surgery to fix cut ear

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• SURPRISE, Ariz. - Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young had minor surgery to fix a cut on his left ear when he was hit by a pitch on the helmet, and the All-Star didn't travel to Wednesday's spring training game in Peoria.

Young was plunked Tuesday by Gavin Floyd of the Chicago White Sox. The wound was stitched, then Young had cosmetic surgery at a hospital to repair the cut, Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin said.

Young, who spent the night in the hospital, said he had what was called a "traumatic laceration."

"The doctors said it was similar to if someone took scissors and cut my ear. There was some exposed tissue and cartilage and that is what they wanted to fix."

Dodgers release Tatis, move Billingsley to bullpen

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• VERO BEACH, Fla. - The Los Angeles Dodgers released third baseman Fernando Tatis on Wednesday - three days after he failed to report to their minor league camp.

The 32-year-old Tatis, a non-roster invitee to camp, hit just .158 this spring training, going 3-for-19 in 10 games. He played in 28 games for the Baltimore Orioles last season, hitting .250 with two homers and eight RBIs.

The Dodgers also announced that Chad Billingsley, a candidate for the team's fifth starting spot, will instead be used as a middle reliever to begin the season.

Edmonds, Encarnacion likely to start season on DL

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• JUPITER, Fla. - Center fielder Jim Edmonds and right fielder Juan Encarnacion are likely to be on the disabled list when the St. Louis Cardinals start the defense of their World Series title.

Edmonds is coming off foot and shoulder surgery, and the Cardinals had said earlier that he might not be ready for the April 1 opener against the New York Mets. Encarnacion is recovering from an operation on his left wrist.

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