Fernando Rodney took part in Seattle's first workout for pitchers and catchers Thursday, soon after the veteran closer passed his physical and signed a two-year, $14 million deal.

"It feels good to be here," said Rodney, who was 5-4 with 37 saves and a 3.38 ERA for Tampa Bay last season.

Tom Wilhelmsen and Danny Farquhar were last season's closers for the Mariners, combining for 40 saves and 10 blown saves.

Also, outfielder Franklin Gutierrez told the team he won't play this season because of a relapse of the gastrointestinal problem that slowed him last season.

  • Cleveland signed outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year, $25 million contract extension that avoids arbitration. He hit .284 with 10 homers and 73 RBIs last season.

  • Philadelphia released former A's and Giants pitcher Chad Gaudin.

    Motor sports

    Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was scheduled to be back in a race car Friday for the first time since he broke his right leg in a sprint-car accident Aug. 5. Stewart said his leg, which required an aluminum rod to be inserted, is just 65 percent healed. After two practice sessions at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Stewart's first race is Saturday night in the Sprint Unlimited.

  • Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still in the process of waking up from an induced coma after a skiing accident in the French Alps on Dec. 29, said his manager, Sabine Kehm. Experts have said it likely will be months before Schumacher's prognosis becomes clear.

    Soccer

    Abby Wambach scored her record 165th international goal, and the U.S. women's team beat Russia 8-0 in an exhibition in Atlanta to extend its unbeaten streak to 42 games. The Americans beat Russia for the second time in six days by a combined 15-0. Wambach, scoring her 40th goal in the Americans' last 48 games, made it 4-0 in the 54th minute. Former Stanford star Christen Press closed out the scoring.

  • The U.S. men's team will host Mexico on April 2 at Glendale, Ariz., as both nations prepare for the World Cup. The game is not on a FIFA fixture date. That means Europe-based players are not likely to be available for the match.

    College football

    Coaches Nick Saban of Alabama and Bret Bielema of Arkansas voiced their concerns about the effects of up-tempo, no-huddle offenses on player safety to the NCAA committee that passed a proposal to slow down those attacks. Neither voted on the proposal passed Wednesday to allow defenses time to substitute between plays by prohibiting offenses from snapping the ball until 29 seconds are left on the 40-second play clock. An exception will be made in the final two minutes of each half. The rule proposal must be approved by the playing rules oversight panel, which meets March 6.

    NFL

    Detroit released wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas, two starters from last season. Burleson had 39 receptions for 461 yards in nine games in 2013.

    Miscellany

    Sports Illustrated is marking the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue with three models on the cover -- Chrissy Teigen, Nina Agdal and Lily Aldridge. The issue hits newsstands and digital formats next week.