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Weekend Digest: Verlander addresses photo leak; GM Towers removed; Zambrano retires

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MLB news from the past week.

Jason Miller

Justin Verlander addresses leaked photos

Everyone's heard of this by now: over the Labor Day holiday, intimate photos of numerous celebrities were hacked and leaked for the whole world to see; Verlander and Kate Upton happened to be among them, showing us all a side of Verlander we'd have been better off not seeing.

"I'm not going to comment on my personal life. I never have, and I never plan on it. I keep my personal life personal."

"I keep my personal life personal." Yet, you upload nudie pics to a Cloud server that a hacker could easily exploit. If you want private matters kept private, then use some common sense.

D-backs remove Kevin Towers from GM position

In four years as GM, Arizona had one winning season and two .500 seasons. This year, the D-backs flat out suck. At 59-81, they all but assure themselves of another losing season. I'm guessing for the higher-ups, Towers wasn't gritty enough for them.

Daniel Hudson returns to the mound

In a bit of good news for the D-backs, Daniel Hudson returned to pitching following two TJ surgeries. In his first rehab start after his first surgery in 2012, his UCL snapped a second time. Not many pitchers have successfully returned from two TJ operations; our own Jonny Venters has opted for a third. Hudson debuted on Wednesday in relief, which is where he'll be the remainder of the season.

Carlos Zambrano says he's retired

Water coolers can rejoice. 132-91 in 12 seasons, Zambrano was often known for a short fuse, just ask Michael Barrett and Chipper Jones. The incident with Chipper in 2011 was his last with the Cubs when he threw two pitches inside after giving up five home runs. He was ejected from the game and didn't make another start. He played with the Marlins in 2012. He spent 2013 in the minors with the Phillies, but was released midseason.

He was also a pretty good hitter with a .238 career batting average and 24 home runs.

Ron Washington resigns as Rangers manager

This comes as a bit of a shock with three weeks left in the season. The Rangers have been eliminated from playoff contention already, but Washington says his resignation is not because of that, and GM Jon Daniels says it's nothing drug-related either.

The Rangers were very successful under Washington, winning two AL championships in 2010 and 2011, the team's first in their history.