Jack Morris apologizes to Clay Buchholz

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Hall of Fame hopeful and current Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris thrust Clay Buchholz into the spotlight recently when he accused the Red Sox hurler of using a spitball. The controversy became a national spectacle as Dirk Hayhurst and others joined the chorus of finger-waggers.

With the Jays in Boston to begin a three-game series, Morris apologized to Buchholz for starting a media frenzy that served as “an injustice” to the right-hander.

Via ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes on Twitter:

Report: Tigers to hire Ron Gardenhire as new manager

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The Tigers are expected to hire Ron Gardenhire as the team’s new manager upon completion of a contract, per Ken Rosenthal and Katie Strang of The Athletic. Gardenhire, 59, spent the 2017 season serving as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks.

Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons between 2002-14, amassing a 1,068-1,039 (.507) record in the regular season and reaching the playoffs six times.

According to Strang and Rosenthal, Gardenhire was one of 10 candidates to interview with the Tigers. Others included Alex Cora, Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Joe McEwing, Hensley Meulens, Dave Clark, and Omar Vizquel. Apparently, GM Al Avila wanted a manager with previous major league managing experience.

The Tigers parted ways with previous manager Brad Ausmus at the end of the 2017 regular season, his fourth year at the helm.