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Mets trade first baseman Davis to Pirates
NEW YORK – The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.
The Mets announced the move just minutes before they played Atlanta last night. Davis was on the field during batting practice earlier in the day.
The 27-year-old was hitting .208 with one home run and five RBI in 24 at-bats. He lost his starting job to Lucas Duda and was relegated to a part-time role with the Mets, who also have Josh Satin at first base.
Davis hit 32 homers for the Mets in 2012 but fell off sharply last year.
Thornton, 25, was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Rangers’ Scheppers headed to DL with elbow issue; MRI shows no structural damage
ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers was put on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation after moving into the rotation from the bullpen and making four starts.
Scheppers said yesterday he’s had discomfort in his pitching elbow since the end of last season, when he led the team with 76 appearances in his second season in the bullpen.
General Manager Jon Daniels said an MRI showed no structural damage. Scheppers will take 10 days off, then start a throwing program.
Scheppers was Texas’s opening day starter because Yu Darvish had a neck strain, Scheppers is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.
A’s lefty reliever Doolittle gets 5-year deal
OAKLAND, Calif. – Reliever Sean Doolittle received a five-year contract from the Oakland Athletics, a deal that contains a pair of club options that could extend the agreement through the 2020 season.
The 27-year-old left-hander has been a reliable member of Oakland’s talented bullpen since converting from first base late in the 2011 season.
He is 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA and one save in eight appearances over 8.2 innings so far this year, his third big league season.
Teixeira plays again, says he’s ready to return
TAMPA, Fla. – New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira singled in five at-bats during his second extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.
Teixeira played five innings of defense in yesterday’s intrasquad game at the Yankees’ minor league complex. He says he is ready return tomorrow, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Teixeira hurt an adductor muscle that runs alongside the hamstring trying to make a play on a foul grounder during an April 4 game against Toronto. He is to play seven innings in extended spring today.
Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch in today’s extended spring training game. On the disabled list due to a left groin strain, Robertson is expected to return Tuesday.
Choi leads rain-delayed RBC Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The second round of the RBC Heritage was cut short because of rain yesterday, with K.J. Choi shooting a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke lead over Robert Allenby.
Allenby was among 65 players left on the course when the storm hit Harbour Town Golf Links. Officials delayed the round shortly before 3 p.m. and then suspended it until this morning after waiting through about 90 minutes of steady, heavy rain.
Choi is at 5-under 137 after two rounds.
Former world No. 1 Luke Donald led a group of five at 3 under. Donald shot 69 and joined Billy Hurley III (69) and first-round tri-leader Scott Langley (73) in the clubhouse two shots behind Choi. Bo Van Pelt and Ben Martin were also at 3 under early in their rounds.
Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo
PARIS – Rafael Nadal’s mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over. The top-ranked Spaniard hopes his confidence isn’t gone, too.
Nadal lost to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, 7-6 (1), 6-4, in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters yesterday, his earliest exit since 2003 at a tournament that helped build his reputation as perhaps the greatest clay-court player of all time. Nadal won eight consecutive titles here from 2005-12, before losing to Novak Djokovic in last year’s final.
Djokovic looked like he might follow Nadal out, but the Serb finally got the better of the unseeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, to set up a 34th career meeting against 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
The sixth-seeded Ferrer next faces the third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who reached his first semifinal since the Australian Open by beating eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Fourth-seeded Federer also reached the last four in an error-strewn 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1 win against No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, where he was two points from defeat at 0-30 serving at 6-5 down in the second set.
Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open semis
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, yesterday and reach the semifinals of the Malaysian Open.
The 10th-ranked Cibulkova saved 20 break points to prevail over her sixth-seeded opponent after more than 2½ hours.
Cibulkova will play third-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, who defeated Cagla Buyukakcay of Turkey, 6-4, 6-4.
In the other semifinal, second-seeded Shuai Zhang of China will take on Donna Vekic of Croatia.
The 45th-ranked Zhang fought off 10 break points to beat Magda Linette of Poland, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.
Vekic, who is yet to win a title on the circuit, hit 10 aces to overcome fourth-seeded Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria, 6-4, 7-5.
TNT’s Sager to miss playoffs due to leukemia
ATLANTA – TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia.
A sideline reporter famous for his brightly colored suits, Sager’s sense of humor was intact in a statement released by Turner Sports yesterday.
Sager describes the postseason as “my favorite time of year – city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights.” He says that “a dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined, 40 veins and 40 electrolytes.”
Sager jokes about the often-terse in-game interviews with San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich: “Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop.”