Ex-prospect Matt Busch sentenced to four years in jail

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Matt Bush, the top overall draft pick in 2004 by the Tampa Bay Rays organization, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash.

As part of a deal with Charlotte County prosecutors, Bush, 27, pleaded no contest Tuesday to driving under the influence with serious bodily injury. Six other counts in the March crash were dropped. Because it’s his third DUI, Bush will also lose his license for 10 years. He has already spent nine months in jail.

Authorities say Bush’s blood alcohol level was 0.18 percent – more than twice the legal limit – when he hit 72-year-old Tony Tufano’s motorcycle and left the scene.

• The Rays signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. The one-year deal is worth $3.25 million.

RED SOX: Reached a $9.5 million, one-year agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew. The deal is pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not complete.

GIANTS: Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla and San Francisco agreed to a $15
million, three-year contract.

The deal includes a $16 million club/vesting option for the 2016 season.

PHILLIES: Pitcher John Lannan, 28, finalized his $2.5 million, one-year contract.

The left-hander was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA in six starts for the NL East-champion Nationals this year.

METS: Obtained outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jefry Marte.

OBITUARY: Frank Pastore, the former Reds and Twins pitcher who became a popular Christian radio show host, has died.

Southern California radio station KKLA said that Pastore died Monday, nearly a month after he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident. He was 55.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports Pastore had been in a coma since a car collided with his motorcycle on Nov. 19 on Interstate 210 in Duarte, Calif. He was on his way home from work.


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