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Rangers Sign 1B Carlos Pena to Minor League Contract

Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers signed first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Round Rock, the team announced on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Pena split last season between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals, where he batted .207 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. During his 13 year big league career, Pena has hit 25 or more homers in a season six times, including a career high 46 with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2007.

Pena returns to the club that originally selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 MLB draft. Since that time, he has played for the Rangers (2001), Oakland Athletics (2002), Detroit Tigers (2002-05), Boston Red Sox (2006), Rays (2007-10, 2012), Chicago Cubs (2011), Astros (2013) and Royals (2013).

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49ers Tight End Vernon Davis Wants a Raise

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With minicamps opening up around the NFL, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is considering holding out in hopes of landing a new deal with the team.

Davis recently wrote a column for Sports Illustrated’s MMQ on why he was not present during the team’s voluntary workouts.

“In 2010 I signed a five-year, $37 million contract extension with $23 million guaranteed. It was the biggest contract for a tight end in league history,” Davis wrote. “Four years later, and I’m playing at a higher level than I was then, which brings me to why I’m holding out.”

“It’s all about getting paid what you deserve,” he continued. “It’s not that complicated. I want the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I want to be on the field this summer working towards that goal, but I have to worry about my future first.”

Davis, whose contract runs out in 2015, has been with the 49ers his entire career. He was the 6th overall pick in the 2006 draft and has turned into one of the best all around players in the NFL at his position.

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Suns Will Try to Reach Deal with Eric Bledsoe Before Free Agency

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Phoenix Suns gave guard Eric Bledsoe expanded playing time for the first time in his career this past season, and he flourished. Now, the team will attempt to sign him to a long-term deal before free agency begins in July.

“We’ll try to do that as soon as possible and not let it get to the point where you’d have to get an offer and we’d match it,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough told The Arizona Republic.

Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, meaning that the Suns can match any offer made to Bledsoe by rival teams.

Eric Bledsoe spent his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, but played in a reserve role during that time because the team already has point guard Chris Paul.

The Suns acquired Bledsoe in a trade, and the team’s gamble paid off. In 43 seconds this season, Bledsoe put up career numbers across the board as he averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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Marlins Call Up Top Pitching Prospect Andrew Heaney

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Miami Marlins are set to unveil their latest top prospect as they have called up pitcher Andrew Heaney, who will make his Major League debut Thursday against the New York Mets.

“It’s surreal,” Heaney said. “You think of how it might happen, and then it does, and it doesn’t hit you until now when I’m in the park and looking out.”

The 23-year-old Heaney was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and has quickly rose up their minor league system.

Heaney went 7-2 in the minors this season with ERAs of 2.35 in Double-A and 2.74 in Triple-A.

Since the loss of staff ace Jose Fernandez, the Marlins have been trying to stabilize their starting rotation.

Despite injuries and youth, the Marlins find themselves right in the thick of the NL East race. Going into Tuesday night, the Marlins are 35-34 and are just one game back of the Atlanta Braves for the division lead.

To make room for Heaney, the team designated pitcher Randy Wolf for assignment.

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Bronson Arroyo Placed on DL for First Time

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks placed starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo on the disabled list for the first time in his career on Monday.

The 37-year-old starting pitcher was sent to the 15-day DL with right elbow tendonitis, ending Arroyo’s 369 consecutive-starts streak.

The only player with a longer active starts streak is the Toronto Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle (443).

“It’s really unfortunate when it’s a guy who has an unblemished record when it comes to posting up each and every time,” Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. “But it would have been hard to run him back out there again, going to war as he says, against AK-47s with his little .22. He still found a way to win, which was amazing.”

Arroyo has pitched in 15 major league seasons. During that time, Arroyo pitched 2,364 2/3 innings, compiling a 145-131 record with a 4.53 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 642 walks and 1,526 strikeouts.

Outfielder Roger Kieschnick was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take Arroyo’s roster spot.

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Germany Pounds Portugal Behind Muller’s Hat Trick

Michael Steele/Getty Images(SALVADOR, Brazil) — Germany’s Thomas Muller scored a hat trick and Portugal played a man down from the 38th minute on, as the Germans pounded the Portuguese in both teams’ World Cup opener on Monday.

Muller got his day started in the 12th minute when he drilled a penalty kick to put the Germans up 1-0. Mats Hummels scored off of a corner kick from teammate Toni Kroos 20 minutes later.

Things got worse for Portugal when defenseman Pepe received a red card after elbowing Muller in the head and then getting in Muller’s face.

Muller scored his remaining two goals during stoppage time at the end of the first half and then at the 78th minute.

Due to the red card, Pepe is automatically suspended from Portugal’s game on June 22 against the United States.

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ESPN: Altidore Will Undergo Re-Evaluation Tuesday on Hamstring

Michael Steele/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — U.S. striker Jozy Altidore will be re-evaluated Tuesday in Sao Paulo at the team’s training headquarters for a hamstring injury that he suffered during the Americans’ 2-1 World Cup opening win over Ghana on Monday.

Altidore was chasing a ball down the left wing in the 21st minute of the game when he pulled up lame holding his left hamstring. He was carried off the field in a stretcher. “It was a little bit of a shock that Jozy got injured,” U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “It was a tough pill to swallow.”

Altidore has scored 12 goals this season split between the United States national team and Sunderland of the English Premier League.

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Dallas Clark Calls It Quits

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tight end Dallas Clark is calling it a career.

The 35-year-old Clark will retire on Wednesday as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the team with whom he played nine of his 11 NFL seasons.

Clark was selected by the Colts in the first round of the 2003 draft. He is a franchise leader in tight end receptions and touchdown catches. His final NFL season was spent in Baltimore, where he caught 31 balls for 343 yards and three touchdowns with the Ravens.

The former first-team All-Pro finishes his career with 505 catches for 5,665 yards and 53 touchdowns.

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Brooks’ Header Pushes U.S. Past Ghana, 2-1

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Substitute John Brooks’ header 86 minutes into the game gave the United States three-points in their 2-1 World Cup win over Ghana on Monday.

Brooks was making his World Cup debut and could have played for Germany, who won earlier in the day, but chose the U.S. instead.

The goal by Brooks is the first goal in World Cup history scored by a United States substitute.

Clint Dempsey scored 32 seconds into the first half to give the United States a 1-0 lead, but André Ayew scored to even things up 82 minutes in to tie the game.

The U.S. national team captain’s goal is the fifth fastest goal in World Cup action.

Ghana had beaten the United States back-to-back World Cup games prior to Monday.

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