DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are declining their $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez. General manager Al Avila confirmed that Friday following the team's news conference to introduce new manager Ron Gardenhire. The move comes as no surprise after Sanchez slipped badly over the past three seasons. He went 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. The Tigers signed the Venezuelan to an $80 million, five-year contract before the 2013 season, and the deal included a $5 million buyout if the Tigers declined the option for 2018. Sanchez won the American League ERA title in 2013.
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PRO FOOTBALL NEW YORK (AP) — Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night. Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp. The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul. NFL vice president
HOUSTON — Alex Cora has been both omnipresent and conspicuously absent during the American League Championship Series, his name on the lips of many but his voice never heard in public and his presence scarce whenever the media has had access to the Houston Astros. Cora, the Astros’ bench coach, is the hottest managerial prospect in the game, at a time when there are several high-profile openings, but he has no interest in discussing where things stand. “I don’t know anything about it,” he said with a smile before Friday night’s Game 6, when asked about multiple reports about his immediate future. Both NBC Sports Boston and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and The Athletic have reported that Cora,