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Notebook: Devil Rays ink Nomo

| Friday, Jan. 28, 2005

In the market for an experienced starting pitcher, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays turned to Hideo Nomo. The former NL Rookie of the Year agreed to a minor-league contract Thursday after spending more than two months on the disabled list and going 3-11 in 18 starts for Los Angeles in 2004. He was Los Angeles' opening-day starter last season, but struggled with injuries.

  • Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Brady Clark agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration. Clark hit .280 with seven homers and 46 RBI in 138 games with Milwaukee last season. He made $376,000 last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time, asking for $1.3 million.

  • Former Pirates pitcher Denny Neagle pleaded innocent to a solicitation charge stemming from allegations that he offered a woman $40 for sex. Neagle's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, filed the plea Tuesday in Jefferson County District Court. Police outside Denver issued the solicitation citation on Dec. 3, and the Colorado Rockies terminated Neagle's contract three days later, citing the provision in the uniform player contract that states the team can end the deal if the player shall "fail, refuse or neglect to conform his personal conduct to the standards of good citizenship and good sportsmanship."

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    118 Major-league wins for pitcher Hideo Nomo, who has signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    101 Career losses for Nomo in 301 games, and 299 starts

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