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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have released veteran closer Jose Valverde from his contract with Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers designated Valverde for assignment on June 21, less than two months after bringing the right-hander back to the major leagues for another chance to be the team's closer. Valverde went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, converting nine saves in 12 chances. Valverde accepted an assignment to Toledo, where he had seven saves with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games. Valverde faltered during the 2012 playoffs and became a free agent in the offseason. He didn't sign with another team and Detroit eventually brought him back on a minor league deal, calling him up to the majors in late April. The Tigers announced the move before Wednesday's game against Cleveland.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 11:27

Man finishes swim to Detroit hauling bricks

DETROIT (AP) - A long-distance swimmer who calls himself "The Shark" has finished a 22-mile swim in Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border. Jim Dreyer had been hauling two dinghies since Monday bearing 334 bricks weighing more than 2,000 pounds. By Wednesday morning, however, he only was hauling one for the swim's final stretch. Dreyer finished late Wednesday morning at Detroit's Belle Isle, nearly 51 hours after starting Monday. Dreyer told reporters on the beach that he wanted to show "we don't have to sink with the weight of our burdens." He had expected to finish Tuesday after about 30 hours, but he says waves along the way slowed him down. Dreyer has made direct crossings of the five Great Lakes. He's raising money for Habitat for Humanity.  

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:55

Verlander, Tigers topple Indians 5-1

CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Verlander dominated for eight innings and Don Kelly hit a three-run homer off Justin Masterson, leading the Detroit Tigers to their 10th straight win, 5-1 over the Cleveland Indians. Verlander allowed one run and four hits as the Tigers beat the Indians for 10th time in 11 games and opened a five-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central. Kelly connected in the fifth inning off Masterson and Miguel Cabrera picked up his 100th RBI as the Tigers improved to 11-3 against their nearest division rival. The Indians, who are 24-10 against the Central's three other teams, have to hope they can win the next two over Detroit to split the series. To do that, they'll have to beat Doug Fister and Max Scherzer.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Tigers manager Jim Leyland finally addressed the suspension of All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta, banned 50 games for his involvement in the Biogensis scandal. Leyland says the first-place team will miss Peralta, one of 13 players disciplined by Major League Baseball on Monday. Leyland refused to discuss Peralta's suspension after it was handed down. He dismissed reporters from his office when he was asked for a comment. Leyland says he was reluctant to speak about the suspension because "you're talking about legal issues and everything else." Leyland felt it was best that Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski speak on behalf of the Tigers' organization. Leyland thought it was disrespectful that he was asked about Peralta after media members were informed he would only talk about on-field matters.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons will play four of their first five games at home next season, including the Oct. 30 season opener against the Washington Wizards. The Pistons' schedule was released Tuesday. Detroit hosts defending champion Miami on Dec. 8 and March 28. The Los Angeles Lakers come to town Nov. 29. The Pistons host the New York Knicks on Nov. 19 and March 3.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Brandon Jennings can hardly wait to take the court alongside Detroit's athletic big men. If there was one thing Detroit's new point guard tried to make clear Tuesday, it was that he will absolutely look to pass the ball a bit more than he did in Milwaukee. The Pistons acquired Jennings from the Bucks last week, hoping the new point guard can be an important part of an extensive offseason overhaul. Detroit also signed forward Josh Smith and guard Chauncey Billups. They traded guard Brandon Knight in the deal for Jennings.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:52

Jones, Young could be crucial at DE for Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Jason Jones signed with Detroit this offseason. Willie Young has been on the Lions for a while now. They do have one thing in common, though - this training camp is a chance for both defensive ends to earn a bigger role for 2013. When Detroit cut veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch and lost Cliff Avril via free agency, the Lions suddenly needed to replace both starting defensive ends from last season. First-round draft pick Ziggy Ansah could fill one of those spots, but the more experienced Jones and Young are competing for playing time as well. Whoever is on the ends of the line will have to produce to prevent offenses from gearing up too much against defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:52

Jaguars' Robinson switches to college number

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Former Michigan star Denard Robinson is wearing his college number again. Jacksonville's "offensive weapon," listed on the depth chart at four positions, switched from No. 29 to No. 16 on Tuesday and plans to wear it the rest of the season. Receiver Jordan Shipley had worn No. 16 since signing with the Jaguars last November. Shipley agreed to switch to No. 15 after receiver Taylor Price was waived Monday. Robinson and Shipley declined to reveal what kind of deal they brokered. In fact, they didn't even have to arrange the swap. Since both are represented by SportsTrust, their agents handled the details. Robinson says, "It means a lot to me. ... I took it from my brother. He wore 16. That was my role model. I wanted to copy him."

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:51

Red Wings re-sign Andersson to 2-year deal

UNDATED (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed center Joakim Andersson to a two-year contract. The team did not announce financial terms Tuesday. The 24-year-old Andersson was a restricted free agent. Andersson played 38 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13, scoring three goals with five assists. The native of Munkedal, Sweden, also appeared in 14 postseason games. He played in five regular-season games in 2011-12.

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:51

Former Red Wing Shawn Burr dies at 47

DETROIT (AP) - Shawn Burr, who played 16 years in the NHL, mostly with the Detroit Red Wings, died Monday. He was 47. Dave Goetze, a friend of Burr's, says Burr was making progress in a fight against leukemia, but he died from brain trauma after a fall at his Detroit-area home. Goetze has worked for the Shawn Burr Foundation in support of blood cancer research. Burr was a first-round draft pick by the Red Wings in 1984. He made his NHL debut in 1984-85 and was with the Red Wings until 1995. He also played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose Sharks. In 878 NHL games, Burr scored 181 goals with 259 assists and 1,069 penalty minutes.