Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer will miss his scheduled start tonight in Kansas City after twisting his right ankle while celebrating Detroit’s AL Central title.
Manager Jim Leyland said that someone stepped on Scherzer’s ankle while the Tigers were jumping into a joyous pile behind the pitcher’s mound following their 6-3 victory Monday night.
Scherzer was going to pitch five innings in the regular-season finale to test out his sore right shoulder, which caused him to miss his last scheduled start. Leyland said he’s not sure what the injury means for Scherzer’s availability Saturday, when Detroit opens the playoffs at home.
Fox, Turner Sports get extensions
Major League Baseball agreed with Fox and Turner Sports on eight-year contracts that will run through 2021 and keep the World Series on Fox.
Fox also will retain rights to the All-Star Game and a league championship series every year, and add coverage of two division series starting in 2014.
TBS will retain the rights to air one league championship series, two division series and one wild-card game.
The amount baseball receives from the two networks will double to an average of about $800 million annually, with Fox’s share averaging about $500 million.
Fences coming in at Safeco Field
The Seattle Mariners announced plans Tuesday to move in the outfield fences at Safeco Field for the 2013 season after years of debate on the impact that having one of the more spacious outfields in baseball was having on their offense. Seattle General Manager Jack Zduriencik said many factors were taken into account.
Angels’ Wilson to have surgery
Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson will have elbow surgery after the regular season to remove bone spurs. Wilson said Tuesday that no date has been set for the surgery. Wilson finished the season with a career-best 34 starts and went 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA.
Konerko to have operation on wrist
Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko says he will have surgery on his left wrist Thursday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Konerko said the procedure will remove a bone fragment from the wrist.