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WHITE SOX INK CORDERO TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

The Chicago White Sox have signed Wilfredo Cordero.

Cordero, searching for a team since Boston dropped him for wife beating, agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract. Montreal also made an offer, but Cordero was swayed by the chance to play first base and DH with the White Sox.

Cordero hit .281 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs last season, but Boston released him immediately after the regular season ended.

Elsewhere in baseball:

The Cincinnati Reds received a reprimand for letting suspended Pete Rose give a motivational talk to their minor leaguers earlier this month. The Reds had admitted that a minor league coordinator invited Rose to address the players March 11. Under the lifetime ban Rose agreed to in 1989 for gambling, baseball's career hits leader is not permitted to do anything affiliated with any professional team.

The Montreal Expos lost their 14th straight exhibition game when Joe Orsulak's single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the New York Mets a 3-2 win in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Expos, one of baseball's biggest salary cutters in the offseason, fell to 3-21 this spring.

Richie Sexson had a hit and an RBI for the Buffalo Bisons in their intrasquad scrimmage with the Double-A Akron Aeros of the Eastern League at Winter Haven, Fla. The Herd faces the Omaha Royals in an exhibition game at 1 p.m. today.

Harry Caray's widow, Dutchie, will lead spectators in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at the Chicago Cubs' home opener on April 3 against Montreal. The song was a trademark for Caray, who sang it during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field. The popular broadcaster -- known as much for the phrase "Holy cow!" as the song -- died last month.

Former New York Yankees third baseman Mike Pagliarulo has accepted a job as coach of Winchester (Mass.) High School baseball team. In 11 seasons with New York, San Diego, Minnesota, Baltimore and Texas, the 38-year-old "Pags" hit .241 with 134 home runs and 505 RBIs.

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