Mike Lowell confirms that he will retire after 2010

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Red Sox veteran Mike Lowell confirmed to the Boston Herald on Saturday that he has officially made up his mind and will call it quits after the 2010 season.

“I’m retiring,” he said. “I just don’t want to make it a song and dance
because I don’t think that’s necessary, but if someone needs something
official, yeah, I’m going to retire. This is going to be my last year.”

Lowell, 36, has been hinting at retirement all season, so this “official” announcement should come as no surprise.  The .279/.341/.464 career hitter has batted just .231 with a .297 on-base percentage, .357 slugging percentage and only four home runs in 182 at-bats this season while battling a chronic hip injury.

Lowell was named to the All-Star Game four times and was awarded one Gold Glove.  He currently has 222 career home runs and 1,609 career hits.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.