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Brewers designate Chacin

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have designated opening day starter Jhoulys ChacÌn for assignment.

The Brewers announced the move on Saturday before playing Arizona.

ChacÌn is 3-10 with a 5.79 ERA this season. The 31-year-old right-hander had been on the injured list since late July due to a strained lat and was not expected to return to the active roster until mid-September.

Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager David Stearns says the move was made to clear room on the roster as the club enters the final month of the regular season and pushes for a playoff slot. Milwaukee began the day three games behind Chicago for the second NL wild-card spot.

Lakers plan to sign Howard

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Los Angeles Lakers intend to sign center Dwight Howard after he completes a buyout with Memphis.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal hasn’t been completed for Howard to make an improbable return to the Lakers six years after his acrimonious departure.

Howard will be the ostensible replacement for DeMarcus Cousins, who tore a knee ligament.