Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus appears for the first (and perhaps last) time on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Ausmus appeared in 1,971 games — the most for a Jewish player — for four teams over 18 seasons. He’ll need to receive at least 5 percent of the vote from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America to be carried over to next year’s voting. Election results will be announced in early January.
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Welcome back, David Warofsky. The Pittsburgh Penguins called up the 25-year-old defenseman at the beginning of the month from their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton affiliate in the American Hockey League. Warofsky debuted with the Boston Bruins in 2013 and has one goal and two assists in 19 career games…. The Oakland Athletics have released first baseman Nate Freiman…. Michael Cammalleri scored his 12th goal of the year (and number 275 in his career) in a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 19.
Daniel Braverman, a junior wide receiver for the Western Michigan Broncos, ventures to Nassau for the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Dec. 24. He ranked second among NCAA Division One receivers in receptions (103), tied for sixth in touchdowns (12), and 10th in yards (1,266)…. Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen leads the UCLA Bruins against the Nebraska Corn Huskers in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara on Dec. 26…. Also on Dec. 26, backup sophomore QB Zander Diamont and the Indiana Hoosiers face the Duke Blue Devils in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium…. The Oregon Ducks and Zach Okun, a six-foot-four, 301-pound freshman offensive lineman, will take on TCU Horned Frogs at the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Jan. 2…. Cecil Moskowitz, a sophomore punter, joins Air Force in their Dec. 29 appearance at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Ft. Worth, Texas, against the California Gold Bears…. Senior place kicker Robert Stein and the Akron Zips faced the Utah State Aggies in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22 in Boise; results were not available as of press time.