Fences mended, Palmeiro to play close to home

Updated: January 11, 2004, 4:48 PM ET
Associated Press

BALTIMORE -- Rafael Palmeiro is returning to Baltimore, where he enjoyed five outstanding seasons before his acrimonious departure in 1998.

Palmeiro, 39, agreed to terms with the Orioles on Saturday, accepting a one-year contract with a club option for 2005. The first baseman-designated hitter became a free agent after spending the past five seasons with the Texas Rangers.

Palmeiro hit .260 with 38 homers and 112 RBIs last year. During an outstanding career that began in 1986 with ...

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