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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals general manager Dayton Moore will have at least two more years to prove that he can get the once-wayward franchise that he took over in 2006 back to the playoffs.

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After leading Kansas City to its best record in more than 20 years this past season, Moore was rewarded with a two-year contract extension Friday.

“When Dayton’s contract was extended during the 2009 season, I felt that this franchise had begun to turn the corner and that we were pointed in the proper direction,” Royals president Dan Glass said in a statement. “It’s been a challenging process, but we are now seeing tangible evidence that the process is working.”

Vogelsong re-up Vogelson

SAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday.

Assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the deal is pending a physical, expected to happen later next week.

General manager Brian Sabean and Evans have been committed to keeping their pitching staff intact as best as possible, which they have done while also adding right-hander Tim Hudson on $23 million, two-year contract Nov. 19.

Lilly retiring after 15 years

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching — if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list.

Instead, the 37-year-old left-hander is retiring after 15 seasons because of further problems with his shoulder and back.

“It came to a point that, unfortunately, the reality set in where I was in terms of health and effectiveness,” Lilly said Friday.

“Those combinations are what forced me to retire. If I felt I could still be productive and healthy, I would be playing, for sure. As of today, I don’t think it’s reasonable. I didn’t believe I would be able to go out there and be productive and effective for a major league team and stay healthy to make 30 starts.”

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