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Brian Butterfield Named Boston's Third-Base Coach

BOSTON -- Brian Butterfield was hired as third-base coach for the Boston Red Sox, the same position he held under new Red Sox manager John Farrell the past two years with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Red Sox made the announcement on Tuesday.

He is the second former Toronto coach coming to Boston. The team previously announced that Torey Lovullo would be the bench coach after serving as first-base coach under Farrell.

Butterfield, 54, has coached for 16 years in the majors as part of his 34 years of pro baseball experience as a player, coach and minor-league manager. He was with Toronto for the past 11 years, serving as bench coach in 2008 and 2009.

He also coached for Buck Showalter with the New York Yankees from 1994-95 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1998-2000.

TIGERS: Detroit is bringing back manager Jim Leyland. The team announced that Leyland has a contract for next season, and his coaching staff also has been invited to return.

This will be Leyland's 22nd season as a major league manager and his eighth in Detroit. He led the Tigers to the World Series for the second time during his time with the club. Detroit was swept by San Francisco on Sunday.

The 67-year-old Leyland leads all active managers with 1,676 wins, a total that puts him 15th on the career list.

WHITE SOX: :Pitcher Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $29 million, two-year contract.

The right-hander will receive $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Peavy would receive a $15 million option for 2015, depending on innings during the next two years.

Peavy's previous deal included a $22 million option for next season with a $4 million buyout. The buyout will be paid in equal installments from 2016-19.

The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner went 11-12 with a 3.37 ERA in 32 starts this year after three injury-riddled seasons.

Chicago also turned down a $13 million option on former Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.


Dolphins Cut Armstrong in Favor of Ex-Pat WR Gaffney

MIAMI -- Receiver Anthony Armstrong has been released by the Miami Dolphins after making only three catches for 12 yards in the season's first seven games.

Armstrong was overtaken on the depth chart by veteran newcomer Jabar Gaffney, who played for the first time Sunday in a win over the New York Jets and had a 30-yard reception.

Armstrong had 44 catches for 871 yards with the Washington Redskins in 2010, but only seven receptions for them last season.

RAMS: St. Louis says running back Steven Jackson is not being traded.

Coach Jeff Fisher did his best to quash persistent rumors, saying Tuesday that the Rams aren't shopping Jackson and have not been getting calls about him, either.

Jackson entered the season with a franchise-record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

Jackson is 11th in the NFC with 403 yards on 108 carries with a 3.7-yard average and one touchdown and rookie Daryl Richardson is 12th in the conference with 335 yards and a 5.4-yard average.

Richardson, a seventh-round pick out of Abilene Christian, moved ahead of Isaiah Pead in training camp.

Fisher also said that defensive back Matt Daniels was placed on injured reserve because of a knee injury from the Rams' 45-7 loss to the Patriots in London on Sunday.

CHARGERS: the Chargers waived kicker Nate Kaeding after he passed a physical. Kaeding was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 22 with a groin injury so that the team could sign wide receiver Danario Alexander. The Chargers said then that they'd release Kaeding when he was healthy. If Kaeding isn't claimed on waivers, the Chargers will owe him $1.1 million in termination pay.

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