Murray rejoins Dodgers


Hall of Famer and former Oriole Eddie Murray was hired yesterday as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Murray, 49, was fired in June as hitting coach of the Cleveland Indians, who named him to the position in 2002. He was an Orioles coach from 1998 to 2001.

A switch-hitter, Murray was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 with a .287 batting average, 504 homers and 1,917 RBIs in 21 seasons. He played for the Orioles from 1977 to 1988 and for the Dodgers from 1989 to 1991 and again in 1997 before retiring.

Tigers -- Mike Maroth, who went 14-14 with a 4.74 ERA, is nearing an agreement on a two-year contract worth about $5.25 million.

Braves -- Closer John Smoltz, who pitched through right shoulder pain during the postseason, says he probably won't join the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic.

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