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Miguel A. Jimenez reacts after missing a putt for an eagle on the 10th hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament of the Champions Tour, Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Bernhard Langer hits from the tee on the third hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship Champions Tour golf tournament Saturday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Jay Haas hits from the tee on the second hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship Champions Tour golf tournament Saturday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Miguel A. Jimenez watches his shot from the tee on the second hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship Champions Tour golf tournament Saturday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Miguel A. Jimenez hits from they tee on the second hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship Champions Tour golf tournament Saturday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Bernhard Langer reacts after missing a eagle attempt on the 10th hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament of the Champions Tour, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Fred Couples watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of play in the Greater Gwinnett Championship Champions Tour golf tournament Saturday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Mets demote Valverde, make Farnsworth their closer
NEW YORK – Three weeks into the season, the New York Mets are trying their third closer.
Mets Manager Terry Collins said yesterday he is promoting setup man Kyle Farnsworth to the ninth-inning role in place of struggling right-hander Jose Valverde, who has given up four home runs in his last three outings.
Valverde got the job when Bobby Parnell went down with an elbow injury after blowing a save on opening day. Parnell had Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.
Valverde has two saves in three chances and a 5.40 ERA. Farnsworth has a 1.23 ERA in eight appearances, throwing 6 1-3 scoreless innings in his past seven games.
Both veterans were signed to minor league contracts in February and added to the big league roster to shore up a suspect bullpen. Valverde broke camp with the team and Farnsworth was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas when Parnell went on the disabled list April 2.
Twins claim Fuld, designate Mastroianni
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Twins claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from Oakland and designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.
Fuld is not due to join Minnesota until its game tomorrow at Tampa Bay, leaving the club one player short for its series finale against the Royals yesterday.
Fuld was hitting .200 with a homer and four RBIs in seven games for the Athletics. He had spent parts of the previous three seasons with Tampa Bay after breaking in with the Chicago Cubs.
The A’s designated Fuld for assignment April 12.
Mastroianni has been with the Twins for parts of the past three seasons. He was 0 for 11 in 12 plate appearances over seven games this year.
Brewers put OF Schafer on DL, reinstate Overbay
PITTSBURGH – The Milwaukee Brewers put outfielder Logan Schafer on the 15-day disabled list and reinstated first baseman Lyle Overbay from the paternity list.
The Brewers made the moves before playing Pittsburgh yesterday.
Schafer strained his right hamstring while stretching in the on-deck circle prior to a pinch hitting appearance Thursday against the Pirates. The move was made retroactive to April 18.
“They needed guys, and I wasn’t going to be able to go in the next few days,” Schafer said. “It was the move that had to be made.”
The 27-year-old Schafer was hitting .214 with four doubles and two RBIs in 10 games.
Overbay and wife Sarah welcomed their fifth son, Eddie Christian Overbay, on Thursday.
League: Refs missed foul call in Warriors-Clippers
LOS ANGELES – The NBA said referees missed a foul call late in the Warriors’ Game 1 win that would have given the Clippers a chance to tie the score.
Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul lost the ball out of bounds with 18.9 seconds left Saturday and Golden State leading 107-105. Rod Thorn, the league’s president for basketball operations, said in a statement yesterday that the Warriors’ Draymond Green should have been whistled for a foul, which would have given Paul two free throws.
Instead, Golden State got the ball and went on to win, 109-105, in Los Angeles to open the first-round playoff series.
Officials reviewed the video after the ball went out of bounds and awarded possession to the Warriors. Thorn said that decision was correct, but the foul was missed moments earlier. Referees are not allowed to check for fouls when they use replay.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers commended the league for admitting the error.
“A mistake happened on their end, but we made our own mistakes,” he said yesterday. “We have to take ownership of that.”
Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, when his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole gave him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
Kuchar was four shots behind Luke Donald at the start but made that up with seven birdies on his first 10 holes. He had a birdie putt of less than eight feet at the par-3 17th, but three-putted for bogey to fall into a tie for first.
Kuchar was in more trouble in a bunker at Harbour Town Golf Links’ closing lighthouse hole. That’s when he blasted out and watched the ball rattle in for birdie. Kuchar punched the air and raised his arms in celebration of his seventh career PGA Tour win.
Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett
DULUTH, Ga. – Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship yesterday, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his Champions Tour debut.
Jimenez, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Masters, closed with a 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Langer. Jimenez finished the tournament with 32 consecutive holes without a bogey at TPC Sugarloaf.
Langer, the defending champion, shot his third-straight 68. Jimenez and Langer were tied at 10 under before a two-shot swing on No. 8. Jimenez needed only a short putt for a birdie, and Langer fell two strokes behind with his bogey.
Jay Haas shot 67 and was third, four shots off the lead. Fred Couples shot 70 and was fourth.
Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
MONACO – Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in an all-Swiss final yesterday.
The Australian Open champion had lost his previous two Masters finals and looked like losing a third until Federer’s level dropped suddenly late in the second set, and Wawrinka began troubling the 17-time Grand Slam champion with his aggressive backhand.
The fourth-seeded Federer, who accepted a wild card invitation to play in the tournament, was also looking to win it for the first time after losing his three previous finals here to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal from 2006-08.
Wawrinka has beaten Federer only twice in 15 matches but both victories have come here. He also beat him in the third round in 2009.