Bruce Chen is getting a chance to pitch for an 11th team in the majors. The well-traveled left-hander, who won a career-high 13 games with the Orioles in 2005, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Indians had not announced the deal. Chen, who spent the past six seasons with the Kansas City Royals, will compete for a roster spot at spring training, and would get a $1 million, one-year contract if he's added to the 40-man roster plus a chance to earn up to $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts and $300,000 based on relief appearances. The 37-year-old has gone 82-80 in 16 major league seasons, pitching with six National League teams and four in the American League. He battled a back injury last season, when he went 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games — seven starts.
Snow wipes out Tuesday's schedule
The overnight snow closed schools in every public school system in the Baltimore metro area and almost all private and parochial schools, wiping out Tuesday's high school sports schedule and postponing the start of the spring season for Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association schools. The state Class 3A and 4A indoor track championships were postponed until Monday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex. Full schedules of basketball games also were postponed in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties. For complete updates on makeup dates, go to CountySportsZone.com. Although the winter season is coming to an end, teams still have until Monday to finish games that count toward the basketball seedings for the state playoffs. The seedings will be announced Tuesday, but teams can still play until Feb. 26. Sectional playoffs begin Feb. 27 for girls and Feb. 28 for boys. Several jurisdictions also have championships, beginning with Baltimore City on Saturday at Morgan State. Baltimore County's championships are scheduled for next Wednesday at Towson's SECU Arena, and Anne Arundel's championships are Feb. 26 at Northeast High School. With basketball championships decided in the IAAM and MIAA on Sunday, spring practice was scheduled to begin Tuesday for lacrosse, baseball, softball and other sports, but that was postponed at least one more day.
UMBC men rally but fall to Hartford in basketball
Devarick Houston (10 points) made two free throws with 11 seconds left to draw UMBC (3-23, 1-12 America East) within one, but host Hartford (13-13, 6-7 ) held on to win the men's basketball game, 55-52. The Hawks' Wes Cole made a free throw with 10 seconds left and the Retrievers' Will Darly (Dulaney) missed a 3-pointer with one second left.
More men's college basketball: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named UMES senior forward Mike Myers Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's college basketball: All-session and single-session tickets for the Big Ten tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Sears Centre Arena ticket offices at 888-SEARS-TIX (732-7784) or searscentre.com. Individual session tickets are $15; all-session tickets are $90.
Men's college lacrosse: Nick Doktor scored the game-winner in overtime as No. 12 Penn (2-0) won, 11-10, over host Saint Joseph's (1-2). The Quakers trailed 7-0 at the half and 9-4 after three quarters. Penn took a 10-9 lead before the Hawks tied the score with 3:45 left in regulation. ... Towson redshirt junior goalkeeper Tyler White was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. ... Mount St. Mary's announced that Friday's home opener against Delaware (1-2) will face off at noon. The contest had originally been scheduled for 4 p.m. The time was changed because of predicted cold temperatures.
Women's college lacrosse: Casey Lyons scored a game-high nine goals to power No. 20 Delaware (2-0) to a 22-2 victory over host Lafayette (0-2). Alex Zaugra made two saves. ... The Big East named Vanderbilt junior Mallory Schonk (McDonogh) Attacker of the Week. ... The Colonial Athletic Association named Elon freshman midfielder Stephanie Asher (Glenelg) Rookie of the Week.
Women's college swimming and diving: For the fourth time in school history and the first time since 2011, UMBC is America East champion. The Retrievers edged New Hampshire, 791-777, last weekend in Worcester, Mass. Sophomore Emily Escobedo earned her second straight Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet award, as she won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley. Junior Catherine Frediani (Howard) helped the Retrievers with a huge win in the 200 backstroke on the final day of competition as UMBC overcame a UNH lead to capture the title.
NFL: The Green Bay Packers released wide receiver Kevin Dorsey (Maryland).