The Washington Nationals signed utility man Kevin Frandsen to a major league contract for one year worth $900,000.
Frandsen, 32, was cut earlier this spring by Philadelphia. The San Jose native is a career .259 hitter in seven seasons with the Phillies, Los Angeles Angels and Giants.
"It's important to have guys that can move around and that are experienced," Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday.
Steve Masiello's coaching career is in limbo after his deal with South Florida fell apart because he doesn't have a college diploma. Manhattan placed him on leave while Masiello is "reviewing his degree status." South Florida had an agreement to lure Masiello away from Manhattan, but the deal was contingent on "a verification of credentials." USF requires its coach to have at least a bachelor's degree. Masiello, 39, didn't graduate from Kentucky, but his bio on Manhattan's website says he did. Manhattan said it "learned there is a question of the validity" of Masiello's degree after South Florida commissioned a background check.
Novak Djokovic benefited from an erroneous call to beat Andy Murray 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. The disputed point occurred in the 12th game, with Murray serving at 5-6. Djokovic hit a short volley for a winner, but TV replays showed Murray should have be awarded the point because Djokovic's racket was on the other side of the net when he hit the ball. Such rulings can't be appealed for video review. "It maybe had a slight bearing, but I was still up a break in the second set," Murray said. On Friday, Djokovic will play Kei Nishikori, who upset Roger Federer 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Li Na ousted Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 7-5 and will play Dominika Cibulkova in a women's semifinal Thursday. Cibulkova beat Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Serena Williams will play Maria Sharapova in the other semifinal.
A small piece of metal in his eye, and not a sinus infection, forced Denny Hamlin to miss Sunday's NASCAR race at Fontana. He's been cleared to race again.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.