The Tigers made a dramatic move to fill a hole left by the season-ending injury to DH Victor Martinez, agreeing to a nine-year, $214 million contract with Prince Fielder. Fielder, 27, the son of former Detroit star Cecil Fielder, has played all seven seasons with the Brewers. He has topped 30 homers for the past five and has a career .282 average, .390 on-base percentage and .540 slugging percentage.
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La Russa to take one more bow
Tony La Russa will become the second retired manager to lead an All-Star team next summer, joining Hall of Famer John McGraw. The Jefferson High product, who stepped down after 33 seasons shortly after leading the Cardinals to a World Series title, will manage the National League in the July 10 game. McGraw retired after the 1932 season then managed the NL in the first All-Star Game.
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'Seafood Arena'? Sounds tasty
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board might use some of the $30 million it got from BP PLC to buy naming rights for the New Orleans Arena, where the NBA's Hornets play. Ewell Smith, the board's executive director, said the name change to the Louisiana Seafood Arena would be a small part of a campaign to bolster Gulf of Mexico seafood in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill.
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"They, you, need a bad guy."
Terrell Owens, former receiver, blaming the media (in part) for his estrangement from the NFL in a profile at gq.com
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