Major League Notebook

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 25, 2011

Associated Press
The baseball notebook …
TAMPA, Fla. ó Right-hander Kevin Millwood agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.
“I don’t know if he can help us or not,” New York general manager Brian Cashman said. “No-risk, possible-reward option.”
The 36-year-old was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA last season with Baltimore.
Millwood is 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in 14 big league seasons with Atlanta (1997-02), Philadelphia (2003-04), Cleveland (2005), Texas (2006-09) and Baltimore (2010).
SAN FRANCISCO ó Barry Bonds’ trial was a lot like high school chemistry and biology class Thursday.
After former Bonds business partner Steve Hoskins finished a cross-examination in which he admitted his previous statements included inconsistencies and inaccuracies, Larry Bowers of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency took the witness stand for more than four hours of mind-numbing testimony on the whats, whys and hows of steroids, human growth hormone and changes they cause to the body.
Bonds is charged with lying when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he didn’t knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.
SURPRISE, Ariz. ó Mike Sweeney wanted to end his career the same way he started it, as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
So the former slugger signed a one-day minor league contract with Kansas City, then officially retired Friday as a member of the Royals.
The 37-year-old Sweeney was a five-time All-Star with Kansas City. He finished with a .297 average, 215 home runs and 909 RBIs.
MESA, Ariz. ó Braden Looper has told the Chicago Cubs he is retiring.
The 36-year-old pitcher was in camp as a non-roster player, trying to make a comeback after sitting out last season. The Cubs informed him Friday that he would not make the team out of spring training, so Looper decided to retire.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. ó The Cincinnati Reds took another hit to their starting rotation on Friday, losing right-hander Homer Bailey because of a shoulder problem.
General manager Walt Jocketty said that Bailey felt something in his shoulder during his last start. Tests found he has some limited movement, forcing him to rest for a week. He’ll open the season on the disabled list along with right-handed starter Johnny Cueto, who has mild inflammation in his shoulder.
GLENDALE, Ariz. ó The Chicago White Sox named Brent Morel their starting third baseman.
The 23-year-old rookie is hitting .286 this spring. Morel beat out veteran Mark Teahen, who is hitting .333.