FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Los Angeles Angels hope the Jason Grilli they’re getting from the Pittsburgh Pirates is the dominant version of last year rather than the struggling one of this year.
The Pirates feel the same way about Ernesto Frieri.
The Angels and Pirates made a swap the relievers on Friday night, each team optimistic that a change of scenery will be enough to allow their new arms to revert to their old ways.
A former Detroit Tiger, the 37-year-old Grilli was struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances. But he was pivotal to the Pirates’ resurgence last year, when he piled up 33 saves and had a 2.70 ERA in helping the club to a 94-68 record.
Frieri had a career-best 37 saves for the Angels last year, but the 28-year-old right-hander is just 0-3 with 6.39 ERA and 11 saves in 34 appearances this season.
FORMER U-M RECEIVER STONUM CONVICTED: Former Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum has been jailed and faces sentencing next month after being convicted in a domestic violence case.
Stonum, who was dismissed from Wolverines in 2012, was convicted Wednesday of one count of felonious assault and two counts of domestic violence. He was accused of assaulting a woman in Southfield on two separate occasions in 2013.
A jury in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac acquitted Stonum of one felonious assault count. His bond has been revoked ahead of a July 16 sentencing before Judge James Alexander.
The Oakland Press of Pontiac and the Detroit Free Press report that Stonum testified in his own defense during the trial. He denied being violent or raising his voice, saying he’ll “avoid confrontation at all costs.”
HEARNS PLANS TO FIGHT DETROIT BLIGHT: Boxing great Thomas “Hitman” Hearns is planning an effort to fight blight in the Detroit neighborhood where he grew up.