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Tigers add new security measures at ballpark PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 06:27
DETROIT — Tigers fans will pass through metal detectors while entering Comerica Park this season, part of a new set of security measures the team is putting in place.
Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by 2015, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers. The Tigers announced Monday that fans should arrive early this season to allow enough time to walk through the metal detectors. Gates open just over two hours before the start of each game.
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Drummond, Pistons blow by Jazz 114-94 to snap skid PDF Print E-mail
Written by MATTHEW COLES Associated Press   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 06:24
SALT LAKE CITY — The Detroit Pistons hadn’t played this well in Utah since John Stockton and Karl Malone were on the Jazz.
Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Detroit shot a season-best 55 percent to blow by the Jazz 114-94 Monday night.
It was the Pistons’ first victory in Utah since Richard Hamilton had 28 points in an 80-78 squeaker on Nov. 6, 2002, that was aided by an ill Malone taking the night off.
When guard Rodney Stuckey found out, he couldn’t believe it.
“Wow. Well this is very rare, absolutely, but we really played as a team,” said Stuckey, who had 19 points.
Brandon Jennings, who scored 15, said he was probably 12 or 13 years old the last time the Pistons won in Utah — and this one reminded him of being a kid on the playground.
“Tonight felt like a pickup game. We were getting things that were so easy,” Jennings said.
Drummond shot 9 for 10 from the field and Greg Monroe added 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Pistons snap a 14-game road losing streak in the finale of a four-game Western Conference trip.
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Tigers, Scherzer break off contract talks for now PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Monday, 24 March 2014 06:41
DETROIT — Max Scherzer is inching closer to free agency.
Both the Detroit Tigers and the star right-hander’s agent say negotiations on a new contract have stalled. Scherzer, the American League Cy Young Award winner, can test the open market after this season, and as opening day approaches that looks more and more probable.
Both sides have indicated an unwillingness to negotiate once the season starts, and the Tigers released a statement Sunday morning saying a recent offer to Scherzer was turned down.
“The Detroit Tigers have made a substantial, long-term contract extension offer to Max Scherzer that would have placed him among the highest-paid pitchers in baseball, and the offer was rejected,” the team said. “As we have reiterated, it has been the organization’s intent to extend Max’s contract and keep him in a Tigers uniform well beyond the 2014 season. While this offer would have accomplished that, the ballclub’s focus remains on the start of the upcoming season, and competing for a world championship.
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Indians, Masterson suspend contract talks PDF Print E-mail
Written by GARY SCHATZ Associated Press   
Monday, 24 March 2014 06:43
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Indians are going down a familiar path with a star pitcher.
Cleveland has suspended talks on a contract extension with ace Justin Masterson, agreeing that it’s time to focus on the upcoming season.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Friday that the club made a “very competitive” offer to Masterson, but the sides couldn’t find common ground. Negotiations broke down with agent Randy Rowley on Thursday.
“I met with Justin this morning,” Antonetti said. “At this point we both agreed to table discussions on a multiyear contract and potentially revisit it down the road. But right now the focus will be on preparing for the season.”
Masterson, who avoided arbitration and agreed to a $9,726,000 salary for 2014, can become a free agent after the season. The right-hander is scheduled to pitch on opening day against Oakland on March 31.
Masterson continued his strong spring Friday by allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 14-3 victory over Colorado.
He was smiling and upbeat after the start, and maintained he would like to stay in Cleveland.
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Kyle Busch wins again at Fontana in wild finish PDF Print E-mail
Written by GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer   
Monday, 24 March 2014 06:40
FONTANA, Calif.  — Kyle Busch figured he had little chance to defend his Fontana title for most of Sunday while he circled the oval in a “mediocre” car.
Yet his tires were just fine, unlike much of the rubber on the bumpy racetrack. And when the race came down to a two-lap sprint to the finish, Busch demonstrated his spectacular closing skills one more time.
Busch won at Fontana for the second straight year, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and his older brother Kurt for his 29th career Sprint Cup victory.
Kyle Busch capably blocked Larson and outlasted a crowded field to win a race featuring a track-record 35 lead changes and numerous tire problems. Busch stayed out of trouble and roared up late for his second straight stunner in Southern California, following up the Las Vegas native’s final-lap surge to victory a year ago.
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