Sports Briefs

Published 1:53 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Yankees re-acquire

Pearce in trade

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees reacquired outfielder Steve Pearce in a trade with Houston on Monday, giving them another right-handed bat on the bench for the stretch drive.

The Yankees sent cash to the last-place Astros for Pearce, who began the season in New York’s farm system before he was traded to Baltimore on June 2. Pearce was cut by the Orioles on July 21 and claimed off waivers by Houston a week later.

The strong-armed Pearce, who can also play first base, batted .254 with eight RBIs and five extra-base hits in 63 at-bats for the Astros. He is a .277 career hitter against lefties with eight homers and an .831 OPS in 213 at-bats.



Chiefs name Quinn

backup quarterback

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brady Quinn has been picked as the backup quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving Ricky Stanzi at No. 3 on the depth chart heading into their preseason finale.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel told the team of his decision before Monday’s practice.

The race to back up Matt Cassel had been one of the few open contests for Kansas City during training camp. Quinn signed as a free agent in the offseason, and Stanzi was No. 3 a year ago.



Florida suspends

CB for two games

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No. 23 Florida will be without safety De’Ante “Pop” Saunders for the first two games of the season.

Coach Will Muschamp says Saunders will “sit the first two games right now.” Muschamp declined to say whether Saunders has been suspended, but the coach says the sophomore from DeLand would have missed Saturday’s season opener against Bowling Green anyway because of a hamstring injury.

Saunders was suspended for last year’s game against Alabama for a violation of team rules. He started nine of the remaining 12 games. He finished with 26 tackles and a team-high two interceptions.



Mornhinweg: Vick

nearly 100 percent

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Vick is back practicing after injuring his ribs last week and Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says he’s “real close to 100 percent.”

Vick returned to the field Sunday night for the Philadelphia’s annual practice party at Lincoln Financial Field. He left last Monday night’s game after taking a hard hit that left him with bruised ribs and didn’t play in Friday’s game at Cleveland.

“I thought he threw the ball last night just beautifully; threw it strong and aggressively,” Mornhinweg said Monday. “So, I think he’s ready to rock and roll. That’s my point on that. I think he’s ready to go.”

Vick has taken just 12 snaps in two preseason games and isn’t expected to play against the Jets on Thursday.