The Detroit Tigers made it official Tuesday, announcing a two-year contract with right-handed reliever Mark Lowe. Terms were not disclosed, but Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com reported that it’s worth $11 million.

“Mark solidifies the back end of our bullpen,” general manager Al Avila said in a released statement. “He is coming off a solid season and is someone we felt would upgrade our relief pitching.”

Lowe, 32, played for the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, pitching in 57 games and compiling a 1-3 record with one save, a 1.96 ERA and 61 strikeouts. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder ranked sixth among American League relievers in ERA.

In 10 seasons at the major league level with the Mariners (2006-10, 2015), Texas Rangers (2010-12), Los Angeles Angels (2013), Cleveland Indians (2014) and Blue Jays (2015), Lowe has posted a 9-24 record with six saves and a 3.80 ERA.

The Tigers’ 40-man roster now stands at 40.

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The Cardinals have landed their desired infielder via trade,
acquiring Jedd Gyorko from the San Diego Padres in exchange for at least
outfielder Jon Jay. Sources have confirmed different elements of the deal.

The team has announced that the deal also includes cash from
San Diego.

Gyorko, 27, hit .247 with a .397 slugging percentage in 128
games for the Padres this past season. He hit 16 home runs, and he was
successful against left-handed pitching _ a skill the Cardinals are seeking so
they can pair with Kolten Wong at second base. Gyorko hit .283 with a .445
slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers, and four of his homers came
in 110 at-bats against lefties.

The right-handed-hitting infielder had an .803 OPS against
lefties.

Overall in 2015, Gyorko struck out 107 times in 421 at-bats.
He has a career batting average of .236 and on-base percentage of .293.

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Browns coach Mike Pettine gave Johnny Manziel a belated
birthday gift Tuesday by lifting his punishment and formally naming him the
starting quarterback.

A statement released by Pettine makes it clear the Browns
intend to start Manziel not only for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco
49ers, but for each of the remaining four games this season.

“Johnny will be our starting quarterback on
Sunday,” Pettine said in the statement. “He’s been solid in the
building over the last couple of weeks, and we are hopeful he takes this
opportunity to continue to build on the progress he’s made on the field
throughout the season. The goal for every game is to go out and win, and Johnny
needs to show that he can put us in position to do so during these last four
weeks of the season.”

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