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Greenberg says Rangers sale close to completed

The sale of the Texas Rangers could be completed by time the team plays its second homestand of the season in late April.

Pittsburgh sports attorney and Myrtle Beach Pelicans owner Chuck Greenberg, who is heading the investment group buying the team, anticipates the complex deal to be completed the week of April 19. While saying that isn't a guarantee, Greenberg said Saturday that all the "different elements" that need to be accomplished were lining up to be done by then.

Greenberg's group, which includes Rangers president Nolan Ryan, had hoped to have the deal completed before the home opener Monday.

But the transfer of ownership from Tom Hicks to the Greenberg group has been complicated by the significant debt owed by Hicks' financially strapped Hicks Sports Group.

Blue Jays sign Lind to four-year, $18 million deal

The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Adam Lind to a four-year, $18 million contract on Saturday.

The deal runs through 2013 and includes club options through 2016.

Around the league

Chicago 12, (at) Atlanta 4 | Omar Vizquel drove in three runs with four hits, John Danks gave up one run in five innings and the White Sox beat the error-prone Braves in the final exhibition game for both teams.

The Braves committed five errors, including three in Chicago's four-run second inning and another as the White Sox added seven runs off Jo-Jo Reyes in the fifth. Vizquel doubled in three runs in the fifth inning.

Utility infielder Rusty Ryal beat out Ryan Roberts for the final spot on the Arizona Diamondbacks' opening day roster. ... The Baltimore Orioles placed right-handed reliever Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. ... The Kansas City Royals placed right-hander Gil Meche and infielders Alex Gordon and Josh Fields on the disabled list and assigned seven players to minor league camp. ... Garrett Mock won the job as the No. 5 starter for the Washington Nationals. ... Oakland Athletics leadoff hitter Coco Crisp has fractured his left pinkie and will begin the season on the disabled list.

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