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[January 27, 2017]    Jan 26 (The Sports Xchange) - Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, will be the site of the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

 

Major League Baseball and the Indians have not confirmed the news, although the club did announce Thursday that it has a press conference scheduled for Friday morning. Cleveland.com and MLB.com first reported the home of the Indians would host the Midsummer Classic.

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Former San Diego Padres pitcher Randy Jones, the 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner, is battling throat cancer, he divulged on the team's website.

Jones, 67, said he was diagnosed with the disease in November. He began chemotherapy and radiation treatments in mid-December.

"I feel positive," Jones told the website earlier this week. "They caught it early. It's all in the throat and not in the lymph nodes. I'm beating this thing."

Jones said his doctor told him his cancer is linked to tobacco use.

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The Chicago Cubs signed often-injured left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year contract.

Anderson, who turns 29 on Feb. 1, pitched in just four games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He underwent back surgery prior to the season and returned in mid-August, but then suffered blister issues.

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Washington Nationals versatile infielder Stephen Drew agreed to a one-year contract, the team announced.

The club did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but MLB Network's Jon Heyman said that Drew will receive a base salary of $3.5 million with incentives that can earn him an additional $1.2 million.

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The Boston Red Sox announced that they will retire 10-time All-Star slugger David Ortiz's No. 34 jersey prior to the team's game against the Los Angeles Angels on June 23 at Fenway Park.

Ortiz's number will be the 11th on the right field facade of Fenway Park, joining Bobby Doerr (No. 1), Joe Croin (No. 4), Johnny Pesky (No. 6); Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8); Ted Williams (No. 9); Jim Rice (No. 14); Wade Boggs (No. 26); Carlton Fisk (No. 27); Pedro Martinez (No. 45); and Jackie Robinson (No. 42), which is retired throughout Major League Baseball. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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