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MLB: Suspended outfielder Young activated by Tigers

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The Detroit Tigers announced Friday they have activated designated hitter Delmon Young from his one-week suspension and have designated outfielder Brad Eldred for assignment.

Young was suspended for one week by Major League Baseball last month for his arrest on aggravated harassment charges in New York, stemming from an anti-Semitic rant against a pan-handler.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he doesn't plan to start Young on Friday but he will be available to play.

Young, who was placed in a treatment program by MLB, was hitting .242 with one home run and five RBIs in 18 games before his arrest.

Eldred, 31, was called up from Triple-A Toledo last Friday after hitting .388 in 20 games. However, he hit .188 in five major league games.

If Eldred is not claimed on waivers, then he could be sent back or Toledo or he could request his release from the organization.

--Carlos Marmol is no longer the closer for the Chicago Cubs, manager Dale Sveum said Friday.

The move came the day after Marmol blew a 3-0 ninth inning lead in a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Sveum said left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis will share the closer duties.

"I called (Marmol) into the office and told him he is not the closer right now," Sveum said Friday before the Cubs played the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. "We will wing that situation in the ninth inning between Russell and Dolis depending on the match up, and I told Marmol to be ready to pitch at any time."

Marmol has blown three of five save chances this season. He has a 6.23 ERA with 12 walks in 8 2/3 innings.

Russell, who has no career saves, has 0.00 during 7 2/3 relief innings. Dolis has pitched in 13 games with a 3.52 ERA and one save.

--New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said he is not through with pitching.

Rivera sustained a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his right knee while taking fly balls during batting practice on Thursday and is expected to be out for three to five months.

The 42-year-old ended speculation that he might call it a career, ESPN New York reported on Friday before the Yankees' game at the Kansas City Royals.

"I'm coming back," Rivera said. "Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this."

His decision was made to come back Thursday night after meeting with Dr. David Altchek, who operated on Rivera's right shoulder four years ago.

Rivera is Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader with 608. He has also won five World Series rings and is a 12-time All-Star.

--The Cleveland Indians traded outfielder Ryan Spilborghs to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations Friday.

Spilborghs, who was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, had been playing for Triple-A Columbus where he was hitting. 250.

He had signed a minor-league deal with the Indians during the offseason. He had played for 11 seasons in the Colorado Rockies organization, including parts of seven seasons in the majors.

--The Minnesota Twins have claimed outfielder Erik Komatsu from the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced today.

To make room on their roster, the Twins have designated outfielder Clete Thomas for assignment. Also, infielder Sean Burroughs cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Rochester.

Komatsu batted .211 in 15 games for St. Louis this season. He was selected by the Cardinals in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft after playing in the Milwaukee and Washington organizations. The Cardinals designated him for assignment earlier this week.

Thomas, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers three weeks ago, batted .143 with one home run and four RBIs in 12 games for the Twins.

--Barry Bonds, Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader, appealed his obstruction of justice conviction on Thursday.

In a 70-page appeal filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Bonds' lawyers argued that the conviction was based on an "invented legal theory" that did not amount to criminal conduct.

The lawyers said the conviction should be overturned because of many factors involved in the trial.

"The government should not be allowed to salvage this misguided prosecution by minting a new theory of obstruction and creating a new criminal offense," Bonds' lawyers wrote. "Mr. Bonds' conviction cannot stand."

Bonds, 47, was convicted in April 2010 of obstructing justice during his December 2003 testimony before a federal grand jury probing the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative steroids scandal. Bonds was found not guilty of three perjury charges.

--The Oakland A's have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Friday with what an inner ear infection.

The A's recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Sacramento to take his roster spot.

Crisp, who had missed eight of the past 14 games with the ailment, was batting .194 with four stolen bases in 18 games.

Taylor was batting .347 in the Pacific Coast League with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 23 games. He was the team leader in in batting average, double (13) and stolen bases (six). He batted .200 with a home run and RBI in 11 major-league games last season.

--The Los Angeles Angels will try to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest gathering of people wearing cowboy hats with a fan promotion scheduled for June 2.

Prior to the 7:05 p.m. PST game, fans will be given a Angels cowboy hat. The anticipated crowd of more than 40,000 will be asked to wear it for 10 consecutive minutes at the start of the fifth inning.

A Guinness adjudicator will be in attendance to certify the new record. The current mark is 500 people.

The Angels are linked to cowboy hats via their original owner, Gene Autry, who was known as "The Signing Cowboy."

This will be the third world-record promotion by the Angeles. In 2010, they had the largest gathering of people wearing blankets and last season they had the largest gathering of people wearing masks.
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