AROUND THE HORN
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy made no excuses after he was cited for driving under the influence last weekend. “This is never a good situation to come about,” said Duffy, who is on the DL with a sore left elbow. GM Dayton Moore said: “I’m not interested in any alibis. There are no excuses. The most important thing right now is to be accountable.” Duffy is 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA.
Tigers: MLB Network reported Miguel Cabrera cleared revocable waivers. But he is owed $184 million over the next five seasons. Few teams want to take on that contract. Cabrera, 34, is batting .253 with 14 homers, 57 RBIs while battling groin, back and ankle problems.
Rangers: IF Joey Gallo had 35 home runs but only 20 singles. Only two players have qualified for a batting title and had more homers than singles. Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs and had 49 singles in 2001. Mark McGwire did it twice, with 70 and 61 in 1998 and 65 and 58 the next year.
Blue Jays: OF Norichika Aoki was designated for assignment despite playing well in 12 games since being acquired from the Astros. Aoki, 35, came over in a trade for LHP Francisco Liriano. He hit .281 with three home runs and eight RBIs. “It wasn’t easy,” manager John Gibbons said. “The guy’s played great for us. We need to keep some extra arms.”
Twins: Former closer Joe Nathan, who will turn 43 in November, is retiring. The Twins will honor him with a video tribute before Friday’s game against the Royals. The six-time All-Star has battled injuries for several seasons. He pitched in 10 games last season for the Giants and Cubs and was released by the Nationals early this season. Nathan pitched in 460 games with the Twins from 2004-11, missing 2010 because of Tommy John surgery. He had 260 of his 376 career saves, eighth in MLB history, with the Twins. He had a second Tommy John surgery in 2015 and wound up with a 2.87 ERA and 64-34 record in 9231⁄ innings.