UPDATES & NEWS
Masahiro Tanaka tossed eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Tanaka was outstanding Wednesday and looked exactly like the pitcher everyone touted before they started railing him for signing with the Yankees. He stayed ahead in the count most of the day and threw a total of 107 pitches (76 strikes) to get through the eighth frames. The two hits he allowed were harmless bunt singles and he struck out 10 for the second consecutive outing. You can happily expect more of the same when he faces the Rays his next time out. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Lions will not use the franchise tag on DT Ndamukong Suh.
There has been a lot of back-and-forth internally as to whether the Lions want to bring Suh back and obviously cost is a major issue as he will command quite the hefty salary on the open market. But they won't use the franchise tag here as they know the bitterness it will cause between player and team. Look for the Lions to make the defensive lineman a competitive offer but they won't break the bank to keep him. Analysis: Howard Bender
Le'Veon Bell could face up to a suspension of four games.
According to the new substance-abuse policy, the DUI arrest requires a mandatory two-game suspension. The fact that there was also marijuana involved opens the door for, according to the policy, a suspension of "up to four games." Considering the way the NFL continues to handle things and the fact that Bell is now, after a dynamic rookie season, a new face of the NFL, look for it to just stay at two games. Analysis: Howard Bender