In­di­ans re­lease former Ori­ole Tommy Hunter

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The Cleve­land In­di­ans re­leased former Ori­oles re­liever Tommy Hunter on Thurs­day. Hunter was re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing at Triple-A Colum­bus af­ter in­jur­ing his back in a fall dur­ing the All-Star break. Cleve­ re­ported that In­di­ans man­ager Terry Fran­cona, when asked about Hunter ear­lier this week, said he’d been told that the In­di­ans wouldn’t ac­ti­vate him un­til the ros­ter ex­panded Sept. 1. Fran­cona said Hunter was fine with that de­ci­sion. Now he’s a free agent. Hunter, an Ori­ole from 2011 to July 31, 2015, signed a one-year $2 mil­lion deal with the In­di­ans in spring train­ing af­ter pitch­ing the last two months of 2015 with the Chicago Cubs. He went 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 21 ap­pear­ances for the In­di­ans, strik­ing out 17, walk­ing five and al­low­ing nine earned runs in 212⁄ in­nings. In 14 games at Colum­bus, Hunter was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA. IRON­MAN: Billy Busko, a Cock­eysville na­tive and 1982 grad­u­ate of Du­laney who lives in New York, has qual­i­fied for the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onships in Kona, Hawaii, for the eighth straight year. Busko, 52, fin­ished third in the 50-54 age group Sun­day at Iron­man Coeur D’Alene in Idaho and 39th over­all out of 1,346 ath­letes with a time of 10 hours, 16 min­utes, 23 sec­onds (2.4-mile swim in 1: 07:14, 112- mile bike ride in 5: 34: 54 and 26.22-mile run in 3:28:07). The race in Kona will be Oct. 8. TRACK AND FIELD: Matthew Cen­trowitz, a Broad­neck alum­nus who grew up in Arnold and won the Olympic gold medal in the 1,500-me­ter run Satur­day, fin­ished sixth Thurs­day in the 1,000 in a Di­a­mond League meet in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land. Cen­trowitz’s time was 2:16.67. Ayan­leh Souleiman of Dji­bouti was first in 2:13.49. MARATHON: Six-time de­fend­ing wheel­chair cham­pion Tatyana McFad­den, an Atholton alum­nus from Clarksville, will com­pete Oct. 9 in the Chicago Marathon. HORSE RAC­ING: Bol­stered by in­creased purses and a new trainer bonus pro­gram, live rac­ing shifts to Timonium Race Course for the an­nual Mary­land State Fair meet, which opens to­day. The Mary­land Jockey Club will simul­cast all of Timonium’s races as well as other races at its OTB fa­cil­i­ties at Timonium, the Horse­shoe Casino, Boons­boro, the River­boat on the Po­tomac, and Lau­rel Park and Pim­lico Race Course. The only fair rac­ing left on the East Coast, the meet will have seven live race days: Fri­day, Satur­day, Sun­day, next Fri­day and Sept. 3-5. First-race post time each day is 1 p.m. Timonium’s OTB fa­cil­ity, on the sec­ond-floor grand­stand, will be open seven days a week. Purses are up ap­prox­i­mately 10 per­cent from last year’s meet. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: Jen Gast, a 6-foot-2 cen­ter at Ca­tonsville, has ac­cepted a schol­ar­ship of­fer from UMBC and will be­gin there in the fall of 2017. The Ar­bu­tus resident can sign her na­tional let­ter of in­tent as soon as Nov. 9. Gast av­er­aged 9.9 points and a team-high 8.4 re­bounds per game last sea­son and blocked 33 shots. COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL: Former Mary­land foot­ball player Will Ulmer, who left the Terps in the af­ter­math of Randy Ed­sall’s mid­sea­son fir­ing last fall, has en­rolled at Alabama-Birm­ing­ham, ac­cord­ing to Ulmer tweeted Thurs­day that he of­fi­cially com­mit­ted to the school. COL­LEGE FIELD HOCKEY: Johns Hop­kins was picked in the Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence pre­sea­son poll to fin­ish sixth of11 teams. Wash­ing­ton Col­lege was picked for sev­enth and McDaniel ninth. WOMEN’SCOLLEGESOCCER: Fresh­man Nikki Saad scored from 22 yards to lead host UMBC (2-1) to a 1-0 vic­tory over Big South Con­fer­ence fa­vorite Lib­erty (0-3). ... Steven­son was picked in the Mid­dle At­lantic Con­fer­ence Com­mon­wealth pre­sea­son poll to fin­ish third in the nine-team league. Hood was picked for ninth. —

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