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Suzuki, Francis stay put...M's get Morales from Halos...'Melo returns

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 8:50pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki will remain with the New York Yankees after the 10-time Gold Glove outfielder accepted a two-year, $13 million contract. The 39-year-old will make $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons and needs 394 hits to reach 3,000 for his major league career. Suzuki's batting average jumped from .261 with the Mariners to .322 with the Yankees, with five homers, 27 RBIs and 14 steals.

DENVER (AP) -- Lefty Jeff Francis has OK'd a one-year, $1.5 million package that keeps him with the Colorado Rockies. Francis is 67-73 with a 4.86 ERA in 205 starts and one relief appearance during eight major league seasons, seven of which have been spent with the Rockies. He was 6-7 with a 5.58 ERA in 24 big league starts and 113 innings this year.

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have traded power hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas. The 29-year-old Morales became expendable after the Angels agreed to a deal last week with free agent slugger Josh Hamilton. Morales hit .273 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs last season.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony is returning to the Knicks' starting lineup against Brooklyn after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. Anthony was hurt last Thursday night against the Lakers when he landed awkwardly after a foul by Dwight Howard. Anthony is second in the NBA with 27.9 points per game, including a season-high 45 on Dec. 11 in Brooklyn in the last matchup with the Nets.

UNDATED (AP) -- Yahoo Sports is reporting that Oregon is likely headed toward a hearing with the NCAA committee on infractions after it could not resolve an investigation of the football coaching staff's use of a scouting service. The NCAA investigated Oregon after questions arose over a 2010 payment of $25,000 to Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service. Lyles had a relationship with a player from Texas who committed to Oregon and told Yahoo Sports in July 2011 the money was for influencing recruits to attend Oregon.

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