Pascual Perez robbed, slain at his Dominican home
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez, who had a troubled 11-season career that included two suspensions for drug use, was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic in an apparent robbery, police said Thursday.
Perez, who last played in the majors for the New York Yankees in 1991, was found with a severe head wound in a town west of the capital, Santo Domingo, and there was evidence at the scene to suggest that whoever killed him had been searching for money, said Joel Valdemiro, a prosecutor who is involved in the investigation.
No one was in custody, and authorities did not reveal whether they had any suspects. Police said there were several assailants and that the house in the town of San Gregrorio de Nigua appeared to have been ransacked.
Perez, 55, played 11 seasons of in the majors and compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees. But he was in and out of trouble for much of his career.
Rockies will rebuild rotation with De La Rosa on board
DENVER – Lefty Jorge De La Rosa has exercised his $11-million player option for 2013, the final year in a three-year, $33-million contract.
Elbow surgery sidelined him for much of the last two seasons, but De La Rosa is a big part of the Rockies’ plans to rebuild the worst rotation in team history.
After winning 16 games in 2010, De La Rosa was the Rockies’ ace in 2011 before tearing an elbow ligament May 24. He wanted to return early last season but suffered a setback when his elbow stiffened up during his rehab last summer.
He ended up making three September starts, hitting 94 mph with his fastball, but he was rusty, posting a 9.28 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.
Marlins go from Guillen to Redmond as their manager
MIAMI – The Miami Marlins’ celebrity manager was a bust, so they’re calling one up from the minors.
Mike Redmond, who spent the last two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays’ system, was hired Thursday by the Marlins to replace Ozzie Guillen.
A former major league catcher, Redmond had not interviewed for a big league job until he met with the Marlins last week. He received a three-year contract and will be introduced as the Marlins’ fifth manager since mid-2010 at a news conference at their ballpark Friday.
London Mayor Boris Johnson wants the NFL at Olympic
LONDON – The Olympic Stadium is in need of a tenant, and London Mayor Boris Johnson thinks the NFL could be the right match.
Just a few days after the NFL’s sixth regular-season game at Wembley Stadium, Johnson said he has spoken with the league about playing more games in the British capital.
All six NFL games in London so far have been at Wembley, including the New England Patriots’ 45-7 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The two games scheduled for next season also are set for Wembley, and the NFL has a contract with Wembley through 2016.
But the Olympic Stadium, built for this year’s games, have yet to find a permanent resident.
Patriots pick off Talib from the Buccaneers’ secondary
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots obtained cornerback Aqib Talib for their shaky secondary from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Talib will be eligible to play in the Patriots’ next game Nov. 11 after serving a four-game NFL suspension without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The Patriots acquired the former first-round draft pick and a seventh-rounder next year for their fourth-round choice in 2013.
New England (5-3) has allowed the fifth most yards passing in the NFL as it enters its bye week. It will resume play at home against the Buffalo Bills.