- - Monday, April 30, 2012

DETROIT — Major League Baseball has suspended Delmon Young for seven days following his arrest on a hate crime harassment charge last week in New York.

The commissioner’s office said Monday the suspension is retroactive to Friday, the day Young was arrested after a late-night tussle at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement, “Those associated with our game should meet the responsibilities and standards that stem from our game’s stature as a social institution. An incident like this cannot and will not be tolerated.”

Young is eligible for reinstatement from the restricted list May 4. Tigers president Dave Dombrowski was scheduled to meet with the media Monday night.

• Josh Hamilton was held out of the Texas Rangers’ lineup for Yu Darvish’s start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night because of a sore back.

Hamilton, who leads the AL with nine home runs and 25 RBI, left Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay in the third inning with the injury. Hamilton is listed as day to day.

• Third baseman Brandon Inge agreed to terms on a contract with the Oakland Athletics. Inge hit .100 (2 for 20) with one homer and two RBI in nine games for Detroit this season. He turns 35 on May 19 and joins his first new team in his 12th major league season.

• New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher is expected to miss a week because of a strained left hamstring. He is hitting .284 with six home runs and 23 RBI.


Butler considering move to Atlantic 10

INDIANAPOLIS — Small-school Butler could soon be making a big move.

The NCAA tournament darling is reportedly debating whether to leave the Horizon League for the stronger, higher-profile and potentially more profitable Atlantic 10.

The Atlantic 10 is looking to replace Temple, which will join the Big East in all sports other than football in 2013-14. The football team will begin playing football in the Big East this fall.

A-10 officials reportedly are interested in adding three schools — Butler, George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth — following Temple’s departure.

All three have played in the men’s Final Four since 2006, but the Bulldogs are the only one of those three to reach the championship game. Butler lost to Duke in the 2010 title game when Gordon Hayward’s half-court heave bounced off the rim in Indy. The Bulldogs then lost to Connecticut in the 2011 championship game when they shot just 18.8 percent from the field.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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