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An undated photo provided by the Livonia Police Department is of Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Saad, a Detroit-area soccer player who police say critically injured a referee by punching him during a match Sunday June 29, 2014, has surrendered to face a felony assault charge. (AP Photo/Livonia Police Department)
Rangers cut ties with LHP Saunders
BALTIMORE – Joe Saunders was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers, who cut ties with the 33-year-old lefty after he went winless in eight starts.
Saunders gave up four homers and seven runs in five innings on Monday night in a 7-1 loss to the Orioles. That left him 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA.
Braves place Gattis on DL, recall Jaime
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves placed catcher Evan Gattis on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Juan Jaime from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Yesterday’s move was expected after the Braves announced Monday night an MRI revealed Gattis has a bulging disk in his back.
Gattis is hitting .290 with 16 homers and 39 RBI.
Bucks make deal with Nets, hire Kidd
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Bucks hired Jason Kidd as coach yesterday after completing a deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Bucks sent the Nets two second-round picks for Kidd, who went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach.
Milwaukee fired Larry Drew on Monday after reaching the deal for Kidd. Drew went 15-67, the worst record in the league, in his only season with the Bucks.
Soccer ref punched during game dies
DETROIT – A man who was punched while refereeing an adult-league soccer match died yesterday, a hospital spokesman and the referee’s longtime friend said.
Detroit Receiving Hospital spokesman Alton Gunn, and friend and attorney Jim Acho confirmed then death of John Bieniewicz, who was attacked Sunday at a park in Livonia.
Bieniewicz was a dialysis technician at Mott Children’s Hospital who lived in Westland with his wife and two sons, said Acho, who was a classmate of Bieniewicz’s at Catholic Central High School.
Livonia police said Bieniewicz was punched after indicating he would eject a player from the game at Mies Park.