Braves sign Livan Hernandez

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Livan Hernandez agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, a short time after he was released from a minor league deal with the Houston Astros.

Hernandez is the active leader in starts (474) and innings (3,121⅔). He was the Opening Day starter for Washington last season and went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts.

Hernandez is a two-time All Star and helped Florida win the 1997 World Series. He also spent time with San Francisco, Montreal, Arizona, Minnesota, Colorado and the New York Mets before re-signing with the Expos/Nationals in 2009.

INDIANS: Right-hander Derek Lowe doesn’t think his sore back is a serious problem.

The 38-year-old Lowe left Thursday’s start after three innings with tightness near his right ribcage..

“I feel better today,” the former Atlanta Brave said.

COURTS: A Florida prosecutor has dismissed a misdemeanor domestic battery charge against baseball star Manny Ramirez because his wife won’t cooperate in the investigation.

BOSTON: Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said that general manager Ben Cherington is “exploring” the team’s options in what he called an “ongoing” issue with the Chicago Cubs regarding compensation for departed general manager Theo Epstein.

Lucchino made the comment in the aftermath of elbow surgery for pitcher Chris Carpenter, one of two players the Red Sox had received as compensation for Epstein.

TIGERS: Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 3 with two RBI in his first game since being hit in the face by a sharp bouncer 11 days earlier.


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