Tigers sign Nathan to fill role of closer
• Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit — and now the Tigers don’t have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball.
Nathan agreed with Detroit on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, enabling the Tigers to accomplish one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of the game’s most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-handed starter Doug Fister to Washington. Terms were not disclosed.
Nathan, who turned 39 last month, has never pitched in the World Series. He had 43 saves in 46 chances for the Texas Rangers last season.
• Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million late Tuesday.
• The World Series-champion Boston Red Sox signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract. The lefty-hitting Pierzynski replaces Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Boston lineup.
• Paul Konerko, the veteran 37-year-old slugger and team captain who didn’t want his career to end on such a sour note, is returning to the Chicago White Sox for another season. He agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
• The Cincinnati Reds filled out their coaching staff by hiring former Indians and Pirates shortstop Jay Bell as their bench coach.
Results of Winston probe set for today
• The Tallahassee, Fla., prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said that it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs scheduled a news conference at 2 p.m. today in his office to announce his findings. Meggs said investigators have learned as much as they can about the December 2012 incident.
• Grambling State named current McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as the Tigers’ new coach. Fobbs, 39, was a Grambling running back under the late hall of fame coach Eddie Robinson. He also has been an assistant coach at Northwestern State.
Vonn’s knee ‘stable’ during training runs
• It has been 10 months since she last competed, but Lindsey Vonn returned to a World Cup course at Lake Louise, Alberta, for downhill training and said afterward her surgically repaired right knee felt “stable.” Vonn said she will decide after the training run scheduled for today whether to race this week for the first time since a high-speed crash at the world championships in February caused her to tear ligaments in her knee and break a bone in her lower leg.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain that will sideline him for four to five weeks. The club called up Mike McKenna from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, Mass.
• Jaye Marie Green shot a course-record 10-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.
• The Formula One race along the Hudson River waterfront in New Jersey was postponed for a second consecutive year due to financial difficulties. The race in Austin, Texas, is set for Nov. 2.
— From wire reports