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Justin Wilson takes over Tigers’ role as closer from Francisco Rodriguez


Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports that Justin Wilson is the Tigers’ new closer, taking over for the struggling Francisco Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, 35, has had an abysmal season, having blown four saves with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings to date. Given the way he was pitching, particularly after blowing consecutive save opportunities on Saturday and Sunday, it was a matter of when, not if, manager Brad Ausmus would make a change.

Wilson, 29, has been much more reliable, owning a 1.32 ERA with a 22/4 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.