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Mickelson's 60 highlights Phoenix Open...Bucs work out contracts with Walker, McDonald

Thursday - 1/31/2013, 8:40pm  ET

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson fired an 11-under 60 in the first round of the Phoenix Open today, matching the tournament record he already shared with Grant Waite and Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kah-VEK'-ee-uh). Mickelson had a chance to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole. But the ball caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees to the other side of the hole and stayed out.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers say veteran receiver Donald Driver is retiring. Driver finishes as the Packers all-time leader in yards receiving, 10,137 yards, and catches, 743. He is third behind Don Hutson and Sterling Sharpe with 61 touchdown receptions.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms on 2013 contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and right-handed pitcher James McDonald on Thursday, avoiding arbitration. Walker hit .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs in 129 games last season but missed significant time due to a back injury. McDonald went 12-8 with a 4.21 ERA in 2012 but struggled for most of the second half.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds have avoided salary arbitration with outfielder Chris Heisey (HY'-see) and right-hander Alfredo Simon (see-MOHN') by working out one-year contracts with both players. Heisey will make $1,325,000 and Simon will earn $890,000. Heisey batted .265 with seven homers and 31 RBIs in 120 games for the Reds last season, while Simon went 3-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 36 relief appearances.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees have signed outfielders Matt Diaz, Juan Rivera and Thomas Neal, infielder Dan Johnson and catcher Bobby Wilson to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Agreements with Rivera and Diaz were previously reported. The Yankees will be Bobby Wilson's third team this offseason.


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