Grandal gets drug ban
San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone. The commissioner's office announced the drug penalty Wednesday.
Dodgers hire McGwire
Mark McGwire was hired as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will work with all-star sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
Nieves joins Boston
The Boston Red Sox hired Juan Nieves to join John Farrell's staff as pitching coach. Nieves, 47, spent 14 seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization, the last five as bullpen coach.
Young pleads guilty
Detroit Tigers star Delmon Young pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground outside a New York City hotel April 27.
The 27-year-old outfielder was ordered to complete 10 days of community service and enroll in a program that teaches tolerance. If Young completes the program successfully, he'll be able to withdraw his plea and plead guilty to a lesser charge.
Ex-Yank prospect sentenced
Former New York Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor has been sentenced to 38 months in prison after pleading guilty in August to distributing crack cocaine. Taylor, 40, was arrested in March.
Taylor was the No. 1 overall selection in the 1991 draft, but he never threw a pitch in the major leagues.