Ralph Kiner, who slugged his way into the baseball Hall of Fame and enjoyed a half-century career as a broadcaster, died at his home in Rancho Mirage. He was 91.
Kiner hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with Pittsburgh. Kiner, who made his major league debut in 1946, won or tied for the N.L. lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.
Kiner, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975, averaged more than 100 RBIs per season and hit .279 with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland. When he retired due to back problems, he was sixth on the career homer list.
Several years later, he joined the broadcast crew of the New York Mets for their expansion season in 1962. He was known for his malaprops. He once said: "If Casey Stengel were alive today, he'd be spinning in his grave."
Former Giants pitcher Jerome Williams and Houston finalized a $2.1 million, one-year contract. Also,
former A's reliever Pat Neshek signed a minor-league deal with St. Louis.
Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio signed a two-year contract that will keep him in Denver through 2015. He went 3-1 as interim coach when John Fox had heart surgery last season. Del Rio was Denver's seventh defensive coordinator in seven seasons when he joined the team in 2012.
Quarterback Jameis Winston says he'll play two more years at Florida State. He won the 2013 Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman. Many experts believe Winston would have been a high first-round pick, possibly No. 1 overall, if he was eligible for April's NFL draft. He'll be FSU's closer on the baseball team this season.
Tiger Woods is skipping the Match Play Championship in Arizona in two weeks. He'll next play in Florida at the Honda Classic on Feb. 27.
Los Angeles signed coach Bruce Arena to a multiyear contract extension. Terms weren't released.
Arena has led the Galaxy to MLS titles in 2011 and 2012.