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Keppinger to Earn $1,525,000 in Contract With Rays

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Infielder Jeff Keppinger is guaranteed $1,525,000 as part of his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Keppinger can earn an additional $375,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under the deal announced last week: $50,000 for 250, $75,000 apiece for 300, 350 and 400, and $100,000 for 450.

The 31-year-old Keppinger hit .277 with six homers and 35 RBIs in 399 plate appearances last season with the Houston Astros and San Francisco Giants. He earned $2.3 million.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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