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10/23/2014 MLB Note - Pittsburgh Pirates Stinson, Josh

RHP Josh Stinson signed a minor league contract with the Pirates on Oct. 23, and he received a non-roster invitation to spring training. Stinson, 26, had no decisions and a 6.23 ERA in eight appearances for the Orioles this year before he was removed from the 40-man roster in June. He went 5-5 with one save and a 5.48 ERA in 22 games (13 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk.

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MLB Note - No MLB Team Free Agents Johnson, Kris

LHP Kris Johnson had his contract sold by the Twins to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp on Oct. 23. Johnson, 30, went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in three appearances for Minnesota this year. In 23 starts for Triple-A Rochester, he went 10-7 with a 3.48 ERA.

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MLB Note - Philadelphia Phillies Sizemore, Grady

OF Grady Sizemore, who resurrected his career in a part-time role with the Phillies this season, re-signed with Philadelphia on Oct. 23 rather than test the free agent market. He received a one-year, $2 million contract. The Phillies signed Sizemore to a minor league contract on June 24 after he was released by the Boston Red Sox. He was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on July 11 and spent the rest of the season with the Phillies. Sizemore hit .233/.299/.354 with five homers overall in 2014, and he batted .253/.313/.389 with three homers in 60 games with the Phillies.

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MLB Note - San Francisco Giants Lincecum, Tim

RHP Tim Lincecum, who left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series due to lower back tightness, underwent an MRI exam Thursday that showed no structural damage. He is expected to be available for Game 3 on Friday. Lincecum, who had not pitched in 23 days, retired the first five batters he faced Wednesday, but he motioned the trainer out after bouncing a pitch in the eighth inning. After a brief conversation, Lincecum was led off the field.

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