Indians option RHP Bauer to Triple-A
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Cleveland Indians have optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer and two other pitchers to Triple-A Columbus.
Bauer was the overall No. 3 pick by Arizona in the 2011 draft. He was sent to the Indians in the offseason as part of a three-team trade.
Known for his quirky training regimen, Bauer had a rough outing for the Indians on Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings against the Los Angeles Angels. He had been one of several candidates for a late-rotation spot with Cleveland.
The Indians also optioned left-hander Scott Barnes and right-hander Corey Kluber to Columbus.
In addition, Cleveland re-assigned left-hander Giovani Soto, a non-roster invitee, to its minor league camp.
Former Raven Pollard signs with Titans
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Bernard Pollard, the second safety the team has added in free agency this offseason.
The Titans announced the deal Thursday.
A seven-year veteran, Pollard spent the past two seasons with Baltimore. The 6-foot-1 Pollard also has played with Kansas City and Houston starting 85 of his 105 career games with nine interceptions, nine sacks, 10 forced fumbles and seven recovered fumbles.
General manager Ruston Webster says Pollard is a physical and experienced safety who was a key player as the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Webster says that adding both Pollard and George Wilson gives the Titans more options and improved depth at safety.
The Titans gave up a franchise-worst 471 points last season.
Pats ink former Cards safety Wilson to deal
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Adrian Wilson gives the New England Patriots the physical presence they’ve lacked at safety. They give the former Arizona Cardinal a chance for a rare playoff appearance.
And the five-time Pro Bowl player says he hasn’t lost a step despite diminished playing time last year. Wilson said Thursday that was the decision of his coaches and he feels great now.
The strong safety spent all 12 of his NFL seasons with the Cardinals before being released March 8. He signed with the Patriots eight days later.
Obama to honor Kings, Galaxy at White House
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will honor two championship sports teams from California at the White House next Tuesday.
Obama will hold a ceremony to welcome the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League and winner of the Stanley Cup. He’ll also honor the LA Galaxy, the championship Major League Soccer team.
After the ceremony, the White House says the teams will head down to the South Lawn to host an exercise clinic for children. The clinic is in support of first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-childhood obesity effort. The White House says the children participating in the clinic come from soccer and hockey programs in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio, Detroit and Washington, D.C.
Columbus to host World Cup qualifier contest
CHICAGO — The U.S. will play its fourth straight home World Cup qualifier against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio, and will host Germany in an exhibition game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the sites of remaining home qualifiers on Thursday, saying the team will host Panama at Seattle on June 11; Honduras at Sandy, Utah, on June 18; Mexico at Columbus on Sept. 10; and Jamaica at Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 11.
After losing 2-1 at Honduras last month in the opener of the final round of North and Central America and the Caribbean, the U.S. meets Costa Rica on Friday night at Commerce City, Colo., then plays Tuesday at Mexico. The top three nations qualify for the 32-nation field in Brazil next year. The No. 4 team advances to a playoff, likely against New Zealand.