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Ted Lilly retiring after 15 seasons pitching in the major leagues

Lilly, 37, had a 130-113 record with a 4.14-earned run average for six teams, including the Dodgers. He is retiring with a troublesome shoulder and back.

November 29, 2013
  • Left-hander Ted Lilly is a 15-year veteran with a career record of 130-113.
Left-hander Ted Lilly is a 15-year veteran with a career record of 130-113. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back.

The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 earned-run average.

Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems.

He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning. He returned home to California on Wednesday night. He now expects to coach, at the youth level at first.

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Ryan Vogelsong is staying put with the San Francisco Giants, reaching agreement on a one-year contract. The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong's $6.5-million option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road.

Vogelsong went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2/3 innings during an injury-shortened season. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand.

Vogelsong won 13 and 14 games the previous two seasons.

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Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore will have at least two more years to prove that he can get the once-wayward franchise that he took over in 2006 back to the playoffs.

After leading Kansas City to its best record in more than 20 years this past season, Moore was rewarded with a two-year contract extension Friday. The new deal, the financial terms of which were not disclosed, would keep him in charge of baseball operations through the 2016 season.

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Lindsey Vonn is energized by her progress in recovering from a knee injury and might be in the starting gate next week in Canada.

Vonn spoke with the Associated Press on Friday after three early super-G training runs in Vail, Colo. This was her first big test since she crashed during training at Copper Mountain last week and partially tore a reconstructed ligament in her right knee.

"Definitely, I'm encouraged," she said. "It's looking a lot better than everyone expected. Things are going well."

She remains hopeful she might race in Alberta next week. Asked about her readiness for Lake Louise, Vonn said: "I'm not sure yet. As it looks right now, yeah."

She concedes there's plenty more work to do to get into shape.

"I'm taking it day by day. I'm not pushing it that hard yet," Vonn said. "Today, I was just kind of feeling it out. But the last run was better. It was more like normal. I'm skiing in my clothes and seeing how things go so far. I'm not taking unnecessary risks yet."

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Lara Gut was faster than a field missing Vonn.

Quick in training all week, the Swiss star carried it over to race day in Beaver Creek, Colo. Gut breezed to her second World Cup win of the season, taking the season-opening downhill by holding off Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein by 0.47 seconds.

The Americans didn't have an ideal day on their home hill, with Stacey Cook turning in the best finish at 19th place, 2.23 seconds behind Gut. Julia Mancuso wound up 20th.

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Adam Scott held a two-shot advantage over Rory McIlroy as the tournament's star players moved to the top of the Australian Open leaderboard in Sydney/

Scott shot two-under-par 70 for a two-round total of 12-under 132. McIlroy, playing in the morning and avoiding the rain and storms that later hit the course, had a 65.

Scott and McIlroy will play together on Saturday in the third round.

Australian Richard Green shot 66 and was three strokes behind Scott, who is trying to add the Australian Open to his Australian PGA and Australian Masters titles to become the second player after Robert Allenby in 2005 to capture the Triple Crown of Australian majors.

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There are only 23 days left before Betfair Hollywood Park closes for good, and this weekend will feature the Turf Festival at the Inglewood track.

On Saturday are the $100,000 Generous Stakes and the $100,000 Miesque Stakes for 2-year-olds. On Sunday will be a pair of Grade I races, the $250,000 Hollywood Derby and the $250,000 Matriarch. All will be on the turf.

Hollywood Park's autumn meeting ends on Dec. 22.

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