Beach Bums sign pitcher Phil Brua
TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Beach Bums signed right-handed pitcher Phil Brua, who spent the last two seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Brua split time last season with the Vancouver Canadians and the Lansing Lugnuts. He was a combined 5-1 in 29 games with a 4.72 ERA.
In 2011, Brua went 7-1 with five saves for the Canadians, compiling a 2.70 ERA. He led the Northwest League in wins, was seventh with 26 appearances and finished ninth in saves.
Mayor passes on bid idea for 2024 Olympics
DETROIT — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is taking a pass on the idea of making a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics.
Bing announced the decision Thursday in a statement, citing millions of dollars needed for the bid process even before such an event. He says the city must decline to participate, citing the “timing and uncertainty of Detroit’s long-term financial stability.”
Bing acknowledged this week that an emergency manager will be appointed to oversee Detroit’s finances. The city’s budget deficit is at $327 million. It also has long-term debt topping $14 billion and has had trouble in recent months making payroll and paying other bills.
The U.S. Olympic Committee last month sent letters to mayors of a number of cities to gauge interest in a potential bid for the Summer Olympics.
St. Louis shortstop to undergo elbow surgery
JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the 2013 season.
Furcal made the decision after visiting Dr. James Andrew’s clinic in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday.
Furcal strained the elbow ligament near the end of last season, keeping him out of the final few weeks and the Cardinals’ playoff run.
There was a concern then that he’d have to undergo offseason Tommy John surgery, but Furcal chose to try rehab instead.
When healthy, Furcal has one of the strongest arms among major league shortstops. He did participate in some Cardinals fielding drills during spring training, but never threw at 100 percent.
Rivera to retire after the 2013 season
NEW YORK — The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career.
The New York Yankees’ reliever plans to announce this weekend that he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement. A news conference was called for Saturday at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.
The 43-year-old closer is baseball’s saves leader with 608. He is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 ERA while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships.
Teixeira confident Yankees can overcome
TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Teixeira is confident the New York Yankees can overcome key injuries likely to impact the team through the first month of the regular season.
The first baseman will be out until at least early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major setback for the Yankees. New York outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Feb. 24, and also will be sidelined until early May.
ATLANTA (AP) — Financing terms have been reached for the Atlanta Falcons’ proposal to build a new $1 billion stadium, keeping the team’s home games in the city’s downtown, officials announced Thursday. The city council must now vote on the proposal.
The public contribution to stadium construction through hotel-motel tax revenue will be capped at $200 million and the Falcons will pay $800 million, said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. He made the announcement with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which owns the Georgia Dome, would also own the new stadium.