AROUND THE HORN

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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.

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