Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and cocaine charges, 14 months after an appeals court overturned his conviction stemming from a 1984 indictment alleging he engaged in loan-sharking, gambling and drug dealing.

In a plea agreement accepted by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, the government recommended the two-time Cy Young Award winner receive a prison term not to exceed 12 years. McLain, 44, was convicted in March 1985 and served 29 months of a 23-year sentence before his release from a Federal Correctional Institution.Locally . . .