Around the Nation (Feb. 4): Tigers agree to $6.725M, one-year deal with Scherzer

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BASEBALL

Tigers, Scherzer reach new one-year deal

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with right-hander Max Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration.

Scherzer was 16-7 last season with a 3.74 and struck out 231, a total that trailed only teammate Justin Verlander. He was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series.

The Tigers acquired Scherzer after the 2009 season from Arizona as part of a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. They also acquired Austin Jackson and Phil Coke in the deal. Scherzer has had a winning record in each of his three seasons with the Tigers and is 52-42 in his career.

Athletics acquire INF Jed Lowrie from Astros

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers.

Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in Monday's deal.

Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBI in 97 games with Houston, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. The Astros got rid of his $2.4 million salary for this season and will likely have the lowest payroll in the majors in 2013.

Rodriguez went 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 71 relief appearances last year with 78 strikeouts in 701⁄3 innings.

Carter batted .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBI in 67 games with Oakland last year, platooning at first base with left-handed hitting Brandon Moss.

Panel of judges chosen to hear Bonds' appeal

SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' felony obstruction of justice conviction is in the hands of three federal appeals court judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday unveiled its February schedule, which showed publicly for the first time the three judges assigned to Bonds' case.

Senior judges Mary Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary Murguia will hear oral arguments Feb. 13.

Jimmy Carter appointed Schroeder in 1979. She wrote an opinion in 2010 barring the testimony of a former Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative executive from Bonds' trial. Bonds was still convicted of giving misleading testimony about his steroid use to a grand jury. He appealed.

ICE HOCKEY

Columbus puts Aucoin on injured reserve

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Adrian Aucoin on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 29 and have recalled defenseman Cody Goloubef from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

Aucoin, scoreless with two penalty minutes in seven games this season, suffered a lower body injury at Minnesota on Jan. 29 and is listed as day-to-day.

The Blue Jackets are without injured defensemen Nikita Nikitin (upper body) and James Wisniewski (concussion, back and leg pain).

Goloubef has four goals and six assists with 28 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 21 games with Springfield this season.

SOCCER

Crew acquire Oduro from Fire in trade

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Crew have acquired forward Dominic Oduro from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Dilly Duka and the right of first refusal to former Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers.

Oduro will be added to the Crew's roster immediately. The 27-year-old Ghanaian scored 18 goals and assisted on five more in 66 regular-season games the last two years with the Fire. He also played five seasons with the Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas.

The 23-year-old Duka played three seasons with the Crew, making 45 appearances with two goals and five assists.

Rogers was a member of the Crew from 2007-11, but joined English League Championship team Leeds United before going on loan to League One's Stevenage.

FOOTBALL

Detroit releases wide receiver Titus Young

Not surprinsingly, the Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Titus Young.

"If y'all going to cut me let me go," Young posted on his Twitter account last month. "I'm tired of the threats."

An email seeking comment was sent to Young on Monday. Young was banished from the team in November for what Jim Schwarz called unacceptable behavior and was later put on injured reserve. Young was also told to stay away from the team during its last off-season for punching teammate Louis Delmas when the safety wasn't looking.

Detroit drafted Young out of Boise State in 2011 and he had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. His production dropped off last season.

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