Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong has committed to pitching for the United States in the World Baseball Classic in March.

Since being a nonroster spring training invitee, Vogelsong, 35, has gone 27-16 with a 3.05 ERA in two seasons, making the N.L. All-Star roster in 2011.

"Considering the path that I've been on, it's something I thought would never be possible for me to do five years ago," Vogelsong told the Giants' website. "To have the chance to do this is an amazing feeling. I'm really, really excited about being a part of it."

Should Team USA reach the championship round, Vogelsong would enjoy home-field advantage. The event finale is scheduled for March 17-19 at AT&T Park.

The 23-man U.S. roster will be revealed Thursday. Other players who have committed include outfielders Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, Adam Jones of Baltimore and Giancarlo Stanton of Miami; New York Mets third baseman David Wright; and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

  • Reliever J.J. Putz has agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014.

    Arizona exercised Putz's $6.5 million option on Oct. 20, and he would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

    The 35-year-old right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year.

  • Outfielder Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract to return to the Toronto Blue Jays, who also settled with outfielder Colby Rasmus on a one-year deal worth $4,675,000.

    Loewen spent the 2009-11 seasons in the Blue Jays organization after converting from a pitcher to a position player but was in the New York Mets organization last season.

  • Right-hander Tommy Hunter and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling his salary of $493,500 last year, when he went 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA in 20 starts and 13 relief appearances.

  • Former San Diego Padres shortstop Enzo Hernandez has died in an apparent suicide at his home in Venezuela. He was 63.

    Pro hockey

    Anze Kopitar skated at the Los Angeles Kings' training complex with a brace on his sprained right knee, reporting no problems in his comeback from the recent injury.

    Kopitar, the Kings' leading scorer the past five seasons, still is unlikely to play in the defending Stanley Cup champions' opener against Chicago on Saturday. He was injured 10 days ago in a collision on the boards while playing in Sweden.

    College football

    Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood won't be back for his final year of eligibility, announcing he will enter the NFL draft.

    Wood was second on the team in rushing this past season with 742 yards on 114 carries.

    Miscellany

    Two-time U.S. figure skating champion Alissa Czisny has withdrawn from next week's nationals after dislocating her left hip.

    Czisny was injured Saturday while performing her free skate at the Fox Cities Invitational in Appleton, Wis. She was treated at a hospital and will have further evaluation.

    The U.S. Figure Skating Championships begin Jan. 24 in Omaha, Neb.

  • Golfer Rory McIlroy signed a multiyear deal with Nike, joining Tiger Woods with the sportswear company.

  • Two years after discovering she had a rare form of ovarian cancer, Olympic champion gymnast Shannon Miller is expecting her second child. She is due this summer.

  • American midfielder Stuart Holden could make his return from a long-term knee injury Tuesday after being included on Bolton's roster for its FA Cup replay at Sunderland.