UNDATED (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) by working out a one-year pact worth over $6.7 million. Scherzer was 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA and 231 strikeouts during the 2012 regular season before going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter, pitching prospect Brad Peacock and minor league catcher Max Stassi. Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston last season, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. Carter batted .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 67 games with Oakland last year.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yesterday's Super Bowl stands as the third most-watched program in U.S. television history. The Nielsen Co. said an estimated 108.4 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, down by about two million over the previous two Super Bowls. Ratings were hurt by a power outage that caused a 34-minute delay in the third quarter, and the Ravens ability to take a 28-6 lead on the second-half kickoff.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls are without starters Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah and guard Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) for tonight's game at Indiana but have forward Carlos Boozer back in the lineup. Noah is out with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and Hinrich did not travel with the team after having a procedure to clean out an infection in his right elbow Saturday. Boozer had been out with an injured right hamstring.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) recorded a goal today without taking the ice. Replays appeared to show that Kunitz redirected Paul Martin's shot from the point in yesterday's 6-3 win at Washington, giving him four goals in the game and six on the season. That makes Kunitz the first Penguin since Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-roh-meer YAH'-gur) in October 2000 to score four times in a game.
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