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DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons have addressed their biggest need with one the best free agents available. Detroit Tigers Pro Shop . Josh Smith and the Pistons have agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced. NBA rules prevent confirmation of moves until July 10, when Smith is expected to sign his deal. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound small forward scored a team-high 17.5 points last season for Atlanta and also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. Smith has only played for his hometown Hawks, who drafted him No. 17 overall out of high school in 2004 -- soon after the Pistons won their third championship. He has averaged 15.3 points, eight rebounds and more than three assists, two blocks and a steal during his career, which has not included an All-Star appearance. Smith had his best season -- averaging career highs in points (18.8) and rebounds (9.6) -- during the 2011-12 season. In 52 playoff games over the last six postseasons, he averaged slightly more points and rebounds for the Hawks. The Pistons fired coach Lawrence Frank in April, a day after they finished 29-53, and hired Maurice Cheeks in the hopes that he could help end the franchises four-year post-season drought. Better players, of course, will help Detroit win more than any coach can from the sideline. At a steep cost, Smith seems to upgrade the teams collection of talent immediately. Detroit will likely start the 27-year-old Smith it its frontcourt with 23-year-old power forward Greg Monroe and centre Andre Drummond, who turns 20 next month. Barring another major move this off-season, the backcourt will include point guard Brandon Knight and perhaps shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the No. 8 overall pick in last months draft. The Pistons went into the off-season with $20-plus million in cap space, and desperately need to take advantage of the financial flexibility unlike the last time they had a lot of money to spend in the summer. Detroit signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to a $55 million, five-year contract and $35 million, five-year deal, respectively, in 2009 and both failed to provide a positive return. The Pistons ended up trading Gordon last summer to Charlotte for a first-round pick and Corey Maggette to cut about $15 million in salary. Detroit could still deal Villanueva, who is entering the last year of his deal, to a team that might want to take on his expiring contract. Stitched Tigers Jerseys . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. Detroit Tigers Store . Batiste, who briefly signed with the Eskimos in 2006, has spent time with several NFL teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. https://www.cheaptigers.com/ .J. -- Seven games into a disappointing season, New York Giants defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is getting the feeling hes back. TORONTO -- Josh Donaldsons mad dash moved the Blue Jays into the next round of the playoffs.Donaldson raced home from second base after Rougned Odor bounced a double-play relay in the 10th inning and Toronto beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 on Sunday night to sweep their AL Division Series.Donaldson, the reigning AL MVP, led off the 10th with a double into the right-center field gap and Matt Bush intentionally walked Edwin Encarnacion.After Jose Bautista struck out, Russell Martin hit a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who tried to start a double play with a feed to second base. After making the turn, second baseman Odor short-hopped his throw to first baseman Mitch Moreland and the ball skipped away, allowing Donaldson to sprint home and beat Morelands throw with a dive across the plate.I was at third base when the throw was being made, Donaldson said. Once I saw (Moreland) miss the pick, I felt like I had to take a chance right there.The wild-card Blue Jays are headed back to the AL Championship Series after beating Texas in an ALDS for a second straight year and will face the winner of the Cleveland-Boston series. The Indians lead 2-0, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday following a postponement Sunday.Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro, who spent 24 years with Cleveland before joining Toronto last fall, said hed already reached out to one former Indians colleague about a potential ALCS meeting.Its something Ive tried not to think about, Shapiro said, but I texted (Indians GM) Chris Antonetti a two-word text about 10 minutes ago: Your turn.Torontos bench emptied and swarmed around Donaldson near home plate after his dramatic dash, while Bush kneeled in the infield and watched the celebration. The umpires huddled to review the play at second base, but after a brief delay, the crowd of 49,555 went wild as crew chief Joe West signaled the run counted.Youre like `Oh gosh, lets not have a technicality ruin this moment for us right here, Martin said. It was a little bit of a buzzkill at the time.Donaldson had two doubles among his three hits and is batting .538 through four postseason games, all wins for the Blue Jays, who had to beat Baltimore in a wild-card game to get to the ALDS.We definitely feel good about where were at, Donaldson said. Were pitching well, were playing good defense and right now weve been able to hit the homer. Thats a big positive for our offense.The Blue Jays now get four ddays off before the ALCS begins Friday, and theyre happy to get it. Detroit Tigers Gear. Some people like to say a couple of days off might throw our timing off, Martin said. I really dont believe in that. At this point in the year, a couple of days off can do wonders.Bautistas homer and emphatic bat flip in Game 5 was the lasting image from Torontos ALDS win over the Rangers last season. On May 15, Odor famously punched Bautista to spark a brawl in Texas, and the broadcast of Sundays game showed a fan-made sign declaring I would rather get punched in May than get knocked out in October.Bush had thrown two scoreless innings in relief prior to beginning the 10th. It was the longest career outing for the 30-year-old rookie, who was crucial in the bullpen while Texas finished with the ALs best record.Closer Roberto Osuna threw two perfect innings to get the win. His appearance capped 4 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball by Torontos bullpen after starter Aaron Sanchez allowed six runs.Encarnacion had a two-run homer and Martin a solo shot in the first inning for Toronto, which swept a postseason series for the first time.Unfortunately we didnt click at the right time, Andrus said. They hit the ball well and never let us feel comfortable.Andrus hit a solo homer in the third and Odor added a two-run shot in the fourth. They were the only two homers of the series for Texas.We got cold at the worst moment, Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre said.Moreland gave Texas a 6-5 lead with a two-run double off Joe Biagini in the sixth, but Toronto responded in the bottom half when Troy Tulowitzki scored on Jonathan Lucroys bases-loaded passed ball.Colby Lewis allowed five runs in two innings for Texas.Texas has lost six straight postseason games, all to Toronto. The Rangers hadnt lost on a game-ending play since June 30 against the Yankees.SELECT COMPANYEncarnacion has four career home runs, the second-highest total in Blue Jays history. Bautista and Joe Carter each have six.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (right knee) sat out his second straight game but was available off the bench. Travis, who was scratched from the lineup Friday, had a cortisone shot Saturday. ... LHP Francisco Liriano (concussion) exited the ballpark several hours before the game because he wasnt feeling well. ' ' ' 
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