DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has been knocked out of the lineup again. Cabrera couldn't play against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, a day after aggravating an injury. The third baseman appeared to be in pain in the fifth inning, trying to field a slow-rolling grounder, but he stayed in the game. Cabrera referred questions after the game about his injury to athletic trainer Kevin Rand. Rand says Cabrera has a strained lower abdomen, which is related to the hip injury that kept him out of four games last week. The reigning Triple Crown winner is easily leading the major leagues with a .359 batting average, he was tied through Tuesday's games with Baltimore's Chris Davis with a baseball-high 99 RBIs and his 32 homers trail only Davis' total.
DETROIT (AP) - Tigers All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta insists he has not heard whether Major League Baseball plans to suspend him for his role in the Biogenesis case. Peralta spoke Wednesday morning before playing against the Washington Nationals. It might end up being his last game for a while. If Peralta is suspended 50 games for first offense under baseball's drug program, he would lose $1,639,344 of his $6 million salary. Barring rescheduled games, he would not be able to play until Sept. 24, leaving him with just five games of the regular season. He would be eligible Sept. 14 for an injury rehab assignment - if any of Detroit's minor league teams remain in their playoffs. The Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston in a three-team trade Tuesday night.
DETROIT (AP) - Alex Avila hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the sixth inning off Stephen Strasburg and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Tuesday night. Anibal Sanchez gave up one run, five hits and two walks over seven innings for Detroit. Jose Veras, a day after being acquired from Houston, was perfect in the eighth in his Tigers debut. Joaquin Benoit, who will keep his job as the team's closer, gave up one hit in the ninth inning. Strasburg allowed five runs, six hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings. Strasburg is winless in his last four starts and has given up at least four earned runs in three of his last five outings.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University says junior offensive tackle Skyler Burkland is quitting the Spartans' football program because of multiple injuries and will forgo his final two years of college eligibility. Coach Mark Dantonio says Burkland applied for a medical disqualification Tuesday. Once the paperwork is approved, Burkland will remain on scholarship but won't count toward the NCAA's 85-man scholarship limit. The 6-foot-7-inch, 315-pound Burkland saw action in 15 career games, including 14 starts at right tackle. The Sunbury, Ohio, native missed part of preseason camp and the first game of the 2012 season against Boise State in 2012 with a hand injury. He also broke and dislocated his left ankle against Notre Dame in 2011.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Havard Rugland has not missed a kick in game-like conditions during Detroit Lions training camp. Still, the Norwegian Internet kicking sensation seems like a longshot to beat out David Akers. Rugland, though, has created quite a buzz. He recently posed for a photo shoot and after each practice, fans clamor for him. Rugland says the entire situation is surreal. He acknowledges that a YouTube video he posted last September, which had been viewed more than 4.5 million times by Tuesday afternoon, opened the door for his opportunities in the NFL. Rugland knows he has to produce in the preseason by making field goals and booming kickoffs into - or out of - the end zone next week in an exhibition game against the New York Jets.
DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Pistons have acquired point guard Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Brandon Knight and two prospects. The person, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the trade hasn't been announced, says Jennings has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons. The person says Detroit will also give up seldom-used center Viacheslav Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton in the trade. Detroit has been active this offseason - signing free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome - as it desperately tries to end its four-year postseason drought. The Pistons signed Billups to mentor Knight, but have chosen to replace him with Jennings.
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox have acquired Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that also sent shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to Detroit Tigers. The slick-fielding Iglesias provides a nice insurance policy for AL Central-leading Detroit in case Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of baseball's Biogenesis drug investigation. Peavy is 8-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 13 starts this season. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was considered the best starting pitcher on the market ahead of Wednesday's non-waiver deadline. With Clay Buchholz on the disabled list with a shoulder problem, the move gives Boston another proven starter for the stretch run in the tough AL East. The Red Sox also got reliever Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. They sent three minor leaguers to the White Sox as part of the deal.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The deadline to buy an application for this fall's turkey hunt in Michigan is approaching. The state Department of Natural Resources says the deadline is Thursday. Hunters can apply online, at any authorized license agent or at a DNR Customer Service Center. A nonrefundable $4 fee is charged at the time of application, and hunters can purchase only one application. All applicants are reminded to keep their receipts in case they need them when checking drawing success later. Drawing results may be checked online beginning Aug. 15.
(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- The Croswell-Lexington 10 and Under Little League Team finished their great season at 33-3 after falling to West Portage 8-7 Tuesday afternoon in the semifianls of the state tournament. Cros-Lex trailed 8-3 going into the bottom of the 5th inning. Their battle came up short. Congratulations goes out to the team and coaches for a fine season! West Portage advanced to play Rockford.
PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities have recovered the body of former major league pitcher Frank Castillo after he apparently drowned at a lake northeast of Phoenix. Maricopa County sheriff's officials say divers pulled the 44-year-old's body out of Bartlett Lake on Monday afternoon. Family members and friends say Castillo wasn't a good swimmer, but he jumped off a pontoon boat Sunday afternoon for a swim and didn't resurface. Divers searched for several hours before suspending the search until Monday. Castillo had an 82-104 record in 13 major league seasons. He pitched for Detroit, the Chicago Cubs, Colorado, Toronto, Boston and Florida from 1991 to 2005 before retiring and lived in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale. The Red Sox held a moment of silence for Castillo before Monday night's game against Tampa Bay.