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Orioles, Adam Jones agree to six-year, $85.5-million deal

Jones will become the second-highest paid outfielder in the majors after the Dodgers' Matt Kemp.

May 26, 2012|Wire reports
  • Baltimore's Adam Jones, shown talking to Manager Buck Showalter, is set to become the second-highest paid center fielder in the major leagues, behind the Dodgers' Matt Kemp.
Baltimore's Adam Jones, shown talking to Manager Buck Showalter,… (Rob Carr / Getty Images )

The Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones agreed Saturday to a six-year, $85.5-million contract extension that will make him the second-highest-paid center fielder in the major leagues — after the Dodgers' Matt Kemp — and keep him in an Orioles uniform through 2018.

According to an industry source, the contract has performance escalators that could make it worth $91.5 million total. The annual average value will be $14.25 million. The deal is the most lucrative in Orioles history.

Jones, who is making $6.15 million this season, will receive a $2 million signing bonus now. He then will receive: $8.5 million in 2013 (which would have been his final year of salary arbitration); $13 million in 2014 and 2015; $16 million in 2016 and 2017; and $17 million in 2018.

The Orioles have scheduled a news conference to formally announce the deal Sunday morning.


Keselowski wins Nationwide race

Brad Keselowski won the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, leading the final 67 laps to give Penske Racing a winning start on auto racing's biggest weekend.

The victory at Concord, N.C., was Keselowski's first Nationwide win of the year. He'll try to double up in Sprint Cup's longest race of the season, the Coca-Cola600, on Sunday night. In between comes the Indy 500, a race that owner Roger Penske's cars have won 15 times. Penske driver Ryan Briscoe will start from the pole there Sunday.

Keselowski led the way as Sprint Cup drivers took the top four spots. Denny Hamlin was second, followed by Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, last year'sCoca-Cola 600 champion.

Nationwide points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had drive-shaft problems and finished 26th.


Dufner up by a stroke at Colonial

Jason Dufner matched playing partner Zach Johnson's birdie putt on the 17th hole and finished with a four-under 66 for a one-stroke lead in the Colonial at Fort Worth.

The Byron Nelson Championship winner last week, Dufner saved par on the final hole after a wayward tee shot and finished three rounds at 15-under 195.

Johnson was second after a 65, and Tom Gillis a distant third at seven under.

Dufner is trying to win for the third time in five weeks.


Roger Chapman shot a seven-under 64 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Championship at Benton Harbor, Mich.

Chapman finished the day at 14-under par. John Cook began the round tied with Chapman for the lead, but couldn't keep pace with the Englishman and settled for a 69 to drop into second place at Harbor Shores.

Chapman's 54-hole score of 199 tied the tournament record set by Sam Snead in 1973, although Snead was 17 under when he set the mark.

Steve Pate had a 67 to join 66-year-old Hale Irwin at seven under. Irwin made a triple bogey on the par-3 fourth, but played well on the back nine and shot 69.


Luke Donald moved to the brink of a second successive BMW PGA Championship title and reclaiming the top ranking by shooting a three-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round at Virginia Water, England.

Donald overcame tough, windy conditions at Wentworth to be one of only three players to break 70 on a day of high scoring that led course designer Ernie Els to criticize European Tour officials for the state of the greens.

Donald's fellow Englishman Justin Rose (69) was alone in second at 9 under while Peter Lawrie of Ireland (72) was two shots further back at 7 under.

Donald needs to finish in the top eight to retake No. 1 from Rory McIlroy, who missed the cut for the second tournament in a row after a 79 on Friday.


The Boston Bruins have another Bourque on their team, acquiring forward Chris Bourque from the Washington Capitals for center Zach Hamill.

Bourque is the 26-year-old son of Ray Bourque, the Hall of Fame defenseman who spent 21 seasons with the Bruins.

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