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National briefs: Cubs send Hairston to Nationals

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Washington gives up minor-leaguer in trade

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:21 pm

CHICAGO — The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Scott Hairston on Monday from the Chicago Cubs for minor league pitcher Ivan Pineyro.

Chicago General Manager Jed Hoyer said on a conference call there are “players to be named (later) on either side,” but they “will not affect the balance of the deal.”

The Cubs signed Hairston to a two-year deal in the offseason to platoon in right field, but he struggled, batting .172 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. One of those homers came during Sunday's 4-3, 11-inning win over Pittsburgh. He had 20 last season with the New York Mets.

Now, he's headed to Washington, the latest move in a busy stretch for Chicago.

The Cubs have also traded pitchers Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol along with catcher Steve Clevenger in the past week, and starter Matt Garza could be on the way out.

“Needless to say, he's been a popular name and a guy we've gotten a lot of phone calls on,” Hoyer said. “I think he's opened a lot of eyes the way he's thrown the last four, five times out.”

The Cubs are also still waiting on third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 pick in the draft, to sign. Hoyer remains confident they'll reach an agreement before Friday's deadline.

Browns fan asked for 6 pallbearers at his funeral

CLEVELAND — The Browns are giving a jersey to the family of a fan who asked for six players to serve as pallbearers at his funeral.

Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield, Ohio, died on July 4 at his home. In his obituary in the Columbus Dispatch, Entsminger, a lifelong Browns fan, requested “six Cleveland Browns pallbearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”

Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said Monday that the team contacted Entsminger's widow, Pat, and found out that his favorite player was Hall of Famer Lou Groza. The team will present a Groza No. 76 jersey with Entsminger's name on the back to the family Tuesday

Entsminger's obituary also said he “wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team.”

Wizards sign No. 3 draft pick, and Glen Rice Jr.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards have signed No. 3 overall draft pick Otto Porter and second-round selection Glen Rice Jr.

Under the NBA's scale for rookie salaries, Porter was expected to sign a deal that could pay him up to $19.4 million over four seasons, with the first two seasons guaranteed.

Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds and was the Big East player of the year as a sophomore at last season Georgetown.

Rice was selected No. 35 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was acquired by the Wizards in exchange for the 38th and 54th picks. He played last season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

Both rookies will play for Washington's team in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Tigers 4, Indians 2, 10 innings

CLEVELAND — Max Scherzer remained unbeaten and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as the Detroit Tigers extended their lead in the AL Central with a 4-2 win over the second-place Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

Martinez doubled off Matt Albers (2-1) as the Tigers won three of four in the series and moved 31/2 games ahead in the division.

Drew Smyly (4-0) worked out of a jam in the ninth for the win, and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Mike Aviles with runners at first and third to end the game.