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Tigers utility man Andrew Romine plays all 9 positions vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Andrew Romine became the fifth player in baseball history to play all nine positions in one game, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on Saturday night. Romine, a 31-year-old utility man, played catcher for the first time in his career and got one out on the mound. He was the first player to accomplish the feat since Shane Halter for Detroit against Minnesota on Oct. 1, 2000. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was Halter’s teammate in that game 17 years ago. He decided two years ago that the versatile Romine might be able to play each position, but the opportunity didn’t present itself until Saturday night, with the Tigers eliminated from playoff contention and the Twins locked into the second AL wild card. “Right now I’m just happy we won,” Romine said postgame. “I think it will kick in in a little bit … relief, happiness — you name it, I’m feeling it right now. It’s so much fun.”...

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer pulled from start with hamstring cramp

WASHINGTON — Nationals ace Max Scherzer?was pulled from his start Saturday night while tuning up for the playoffs with a right hamstring cramp.? The Nationals said Scherzer was sent for a precautionary MRI on the hamstring.?Manager Dusty Baker didn’t elaborate on the severity of the injury. “We took him out for precaution. We gotta make it to the playoffs healthy,” Baker said after Washington’s 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. “So we thought it was better that we make that move, the precautionary move, to get him ready.” Scherzer, who leads the NL in strikeouts and is 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA, was preparing for the Nationals’ matchup against the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five Division Series that begins Friday in Washington. But the two-time Cy Young Award winner stumbled on a 2-2 pitch to Josh Bell in the fourth inning, briefly hopped around the mound and bent over at the waist. Scherzer...

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Lakers coach Luke Walton: Locking arms for anthem shows unity

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton says the team plans to lock arms during the national anthem throughout the season, beginning with its preseason game Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “We are in this together,” Walton said of the coaches’ locking arms with the players. “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect … well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military. “But by locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country, and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point. If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away, and if it goes away, then nothing changes.” The Timberwolves also locked arms and stood before Saturday’s game. Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said he has encouraged his players to voice their opinions and be active in...

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