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Sports log: Some Baseball Hall of Fame members pleased with vote

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Nobody was happier about the Hall of Fame shutout than many of the Hall of Famers themselves. Dennis Eckersley, Goose Gossage, Al Kaline, and others are in no rush to open the door to Cooperstown for anyone linked to steroids, such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa. ‘‘Wow! Baseball writers make a statement,’’ wrote former Red Sox pitcher Eckersley on Twitter Thursday. ‘‘Feels right.’’ Former Yankees reliever Gossage was even more adamant. ‘‘If they let these guys in ever — at any point — it’s a big black eye for the Hall and for baseball,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s like telling our kids you can cheat, you can do whatever you want, and it’s not going to matter.’’ And former Tigers great Kaline said: ‘‘I'm kind of glad that nobody got in this year. I feel honored to be in the Hall of Fame. And I would've felt a little uneasy sitting up there on the stage, listening to some of these new guys talk about how great they were.’’ . . . Free agent lefthander Francisco Liriano injured his right arm over the holidays and his deal with the Pirates is on hold. Liriano reached an agreement on a two-year deal worth around $14 million late last month, pending a physical . . . Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has vetoed a trade to the Mariners, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Upton’s contract gave him the power to turn down the trade . . . Infielder Luis Valbuena agreed to a $930,000, one-year contract with the Cubs.

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