Quick Hits: Braves’ Saito departs for Milwaukee


The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year deal with right-handed relief pitcher Takashi Saito.

Saito was 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 56 appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. He has a 17-13 career record with a 2.19 ERA in five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston and Atlanta.

The New York Mets acquired shortstop Chin-lung Hu from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league left-hander Michael Antonini.

Cordova’s daughter badly injured in wreck

Former American League Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova is asking for help and prayers after his 15-year-old daughter was badly injured in an auto accident in suburban Salt Lake City.

Cordova says Ashley McAdam was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend that was hit by a truck as it pulled into their Herriman High School on Dec. 16. His daughter has been in a coma for 11 days and so far has been unresponsive. She also suffered a broken jaw, femur and elbow.

Obit: Veteran AP sportswriter dies

Eric Prewitt, a longtime sportswriter and editor for The Associated Press, has died after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 73.

He died Dec. 21 at his home in Tryon, N.C.

The three-decade veteran of the AP witnessed marquee moments in San Francisco Bay area sports history. He covered the Oakland Athletics and Raiders in their 1970s heyday and the San Francisco 49ers during their first march to Super Bowl victory.

Pro basketball: Francis leaves Chinese team

Three-time NBA All-Star Steve Francis is leaving his Chinese team after playing in four games over two weeks.

Chinese media say the out-of-shape 33-year-old played 14 minutes for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks. To the consternation of his coach, Francis left the stadium midway through the Ducks’ 104-89 victory over the Jiangsu Dragons on Sunday.

From Wire Reports