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MAJOR LEAGUE NOTES

MAJOR LEAGUE NOTES

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Verlander, Nathan on DL

DETROIT — On the same day they officially put Justin Verlander on the disabled list, the Tigers announced another pitching injury that was more of a surprise.

Joe Nathan is dealing with a strained right elbow and will go on the 15-day DL. He pitched Monday, but General Manager Dave Dombrowski said a flexor problem has been a problem for Nathan. Joakim Soria will take over as closer in Nathan's absence.

Verlander was expected for about a week to go on the DL, and Detroit made the move official Wednesday. It's the first time in his career that the 32-year-old is on the DL.

Josh Harrison get four-year deal

CINCINNATI — All-Star third baseman Josh Harrison and the Pirates agreed to a $27.3 million, four-year contract, a deal that would be $48.3 million in six seasons if a pair of team options are exercised.

The 27-year-old was second in the NL batting .315 last year while finishing ninth in the MVP race. Harrison had agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year deal in January. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2018 season.

In other news:

• Athletics: Free agent outfielder Cody Ross agreed to terms after his release by Arizona last weekend.

• Pace of play: MLB started sending written warnings to players who have violated the new pace of game rules. Penalties for violating the new rules include fines, which start May 1.

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