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MLB roundup: Tigers, Scherzer suspend contract talks

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The Detroit Tigers announced Sunday that talks with reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer have ended on a contract extension and won't resume during the season.

The announcement essentially guarantees Scherzer will become a free agent at season's end.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said Scherzer was given a "substantial offer." Once that offer was declined, the two sides agreed to end talks for the spring. Dombrowski would not get into the terms that were discussed, other than it would have put Scherzer among the top pitchers in the game. A source told ESPN.com that the Tigers' offer was for a slightly lower figure than the $25.7 million per year that Justin Verlander received in the extension he signed last spring.

---Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly seemed miffed at Yasiel Puig after the outfielder left Sunday's game in Australia in the ninth inning with an apparent back injury.

"Shoulder yesterday, back today, so I'm not sure if they're going to get him tests or get him to the MRI Monday or a bone scan on Tuesday, maybe," Mattingly said sarcastically, according to ESPN.com. "I'm not quite sure what we'll do. We may not do anything. I'm not sure."

Puig struck out in the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks and then did not return to right field in the bottom half of the inning. Before the game, Mattingly told reporters that Puig "grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses."

Puig hit .300 (3-for-10) with one double, two RBI and four strikeouts as the Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks in two games played in Sydney to open the season.

---The Boston Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz reached agreement on a one-year contract extension estimated at approximately $16 million, according to reports.

A formal announcement is expected Monday. Ortiz is under contract for the 2014 season at $15 million.

The 38-year-old veteran batted .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs in 137 regular-season games for the World Series champion Red Sox in 2013.

---The Atlanta Braves placed five pitchers on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, retroactive to March 21.

Two of the pitchers going on the disabled list were right-handers Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen, who are both out for the season following Tommy John surgery. Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor (left shoulder tendinitis), right-handed pitcher Gavin Floyd (recovering from right elbow surgery) and left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters (recovering from left elbow surgery) will continue their rehabilitation programs.

---With Opening Day a week away, the Los Angeles Angels trimmed its roster on Sunday by releasing first baseman Carlos Pena, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and infielder Chad Tracy.

The 35-year-old Pena, who batted .139 with 14 strikeouts in spring training games, has no plans to retire and hopes to catch on with another team. Last season with the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals, Pena hit .207 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 89 games.

Torrealba, 35, said he would not accept an assignment to the minor leagues. In 61 games last season for the Colorado Rockies, the veteran batted .240 with no home runs and 16 RBIs. Tracy, 33, appeared in 92 games last year for the Washington Nationals and hit .202 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 129 at-bats.

---The Oakland Athletics on Sunday named right-hander Sonny Gray as their Opening Day starter.

Gray allowed one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings during Friday's spring training game against the San Francisco Giants, striking out seven and walking one. He lowered his spring ERA to 4.02.

Gray, 24, emerged as a top pitcher last October, when he tossed eight shutout innings in a duel against Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. Gray was 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA during 12 regular-season games, 10 of them starts, last season.
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