In Brief: Cabrera to be special assistant
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera isn’t leaving the Detroit Tigers this week after all.
The 40-year-old slugger is still retiring Sunday after the season finale, but he will have a job waiting for him Monday. The Tigers announced Friday that he’s going to become a special assistant to team president Scott Harris.
“I’m honored to have him as part of our staff, and know he will continue to make the Tigers better in his new role,” Harris said.
Cabrera started his final weekend with a double in the first inning off Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill, moving him past Hank Aaron into sole possession of 13th place with 625. He has 3,1,71 hits and 511 homers.
TIGERS PROSPECT GETS SUSPENDED
NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Tigers pitcher Luis Acosta and Colorado Rockies infielder Ronny Ugarte were suspended for 56 games each Friday following positive tests under baseball’s minor league drug program.
Acosta tested positive for Stanozolol and Ugarte for Boldenone, both banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Both will serve their suspensions beginning with the start of the 2024 season.
Acosta, a 21-year-old right-hander, was 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 19 relief appearances this year for the Tigers in the Dominican Summer League.
Fifteen players have been disciplined this year under the minor league program. Milwaukee Brewers right-hander J.C. Mejia was suspended 162 games under the major league program.
EUROPE TIES MARK FOR LARGEST LEAD
GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) — Europe has taken a big step toward a small measure of revenge in the Ryder Cup.
They matched the largest lead after the opening day with a five-point lead after just eight matches at Marco Simone. Rory McIlroy won both his matches. Jon Rahm and Viktor Hovland delivered the big shots.
Europe made history by sweeping the opening session for the first time. None of those foursomes matches reached the 18th hole.
The Americans didn’t win a match all day. They had three halves in afternoon fourballs. That was after they were in position to win those three matches.