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Yankees complete trade with Angels for Wells
TAMPA, Fla. – The trade sending outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels to the New York Yankees has been finalized.
New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels yesterday for Wells: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed. The Angels will pay about $28.5 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the final two seasons of his contract.
The Yankees will pay most of his salary this year, a move designed to help the Angels to stay under the luxury tax threshold of $178 million. Los Angeles will pay most of his salary in 2014, when the Yankees hope to get under the threshold as it rises to $189 million.
Jeter resigned to starting season on disabled list
TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001.
Jeter is undergoing treatment for his sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October. His last game action came as a designated hitter Saturday in a minor league exhibition.
He broke the ankle in the opening game of last year’s AL Championship Series.
Veteran righty Lowe earns bullpen job with Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Derek Lowe earned a job with the Texas Rangers and will start the season in the bullpen.
Rangers Manager Ron Washington said yesterday the 39-year-old right-hander will be a long reliever and spot starter.
Lowe agreed March 6 to a minor league contract and will get a one-year deal that pays him $1.25 million in the major leagues and $150,000 in the minors. He can earn $1.7 million in performance bonuses based on a point system for starts and relief appearances.
Lowe was 9-11 with a 5.11 ERA last season in 21 starts and 17 relief appearances for Cleveland and the New York Yankees.
Matsuzaka, Capps stay with Indians on minor league deals
GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are staying with the Cleveland Indians.
The pair agreed to minor league contracts yesterday after being released from their previous deals with Cleveland. The Indians used the moves to get around the provision in baseball’s labor contract that requires a $100,000 retention bonus if a player is not released by yesterday or assured in writing of a spot on the opening-day roster or major league disabled list.
The pair will remain in Indians camp until Saturday, then likely will be reassigned to Triple-A Columbus.
Slowed by a strained calf muscle, Matsuzaka appeared in four spring training games and allowed two runs in eight innings.
Braves’ Venters leaves game with sprained elbow
LAKELAND, Fla. – Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters was removed in the sixth inning of yesterday’s game against the Detroit Tigers because of a sprained left elbow.
Venters replaced Jordan Walden at the start of the inning in his first appearance since March 13, when he forced in a run against Miami by walking four straight batters.
He allowed a leadoff homer to Don Kelly that tied the score 2-2. Jhonny Peralta struck out, Bryan Pena walked and Ramon Santiago hit a go-ahead triple to right. Venters threw a run-scoring wild pitch and was replaced by Andrew Russell.
Orioles’ Betemit out 6-8 weeks with knee injury
SARASOTA, Fla. – Baltimore Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit estimates he’ll be out for six to eight weeks because of a tear in his right knee.
Betemit was hurt Monday while running the bases in an exhibition game and had an MRI. He was diagnosed with a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament.
The 31-year-old Betemit hit .261 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI last season with Baltimore.
Dumervil joins Ravens, said it was time for change
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil said he left the Denver Broncos for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens because he was looking to play for a winner in a different city.
Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens yesterday. The 6-foot, 260-pounder was introduced at a news conference in which he said, “Going to a winning organization was important.”
He had said nothing bad about his former team. It’s just that he was ready to leave after a fax snafu led to his release from the Broncos.
Young throws at Texas pro timing day
AUSTIN, Texas – Vince Young picked familiar ground in trying to revive his sinking NFL career.
The quarterback used yesterday’s pro timing day workouts at the University of Texas to throw passes for scouts from dozens of teams.
Seven years earlier, Young used the same venue to make his case as the top quarterback in the draft. Yesterday, he was trying to convince someone that he’s worthy of a roster spot.
Young has been out of football since he was cut by the Buffalo Bills before last season. He came back to Texas, where’s he enrolled in school to finish his degree and has been working out with hopes of getting another shot in the NFL.
Te’o lowers his 40 time at Notre Dame pro day
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Manti Te’o ran a little better on his home field than he did at the NFL combine, lowering his 40-yard time by more than a tenth of a second during Notre Dame’s pro day.
The Heisman Trophy runner-up posted a best time of 4.69 yesterday, bettering the disappointing mark of 4.82 he put up at the combine in Indianapolis last month.
Te’o said he was pleased by his performance, saying he expected to run faster. He attributed the faster time to being on a practice field where he’s comfortable, surrounded by people he knows.
Longtime NHL assistant coach Fleming dies at 62
TORONTO – Longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming has died. He was 62.
Hockey Canada said Fleming died Monday in Calgary, Alberta, after a battle with brain cancer.
Fleming spent 14 seasons in the NHL as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning. He also coached internationally, including stints as head coach of Leksand in Sweden, EV Landshut in Germany and Avangard Omsk in Russia.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native was part of three Olympic coaching staffs for Canada, winning a silver medal in Albertville in 1992 and a gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002. He also spent nine years as head coach of the University of Manitoba.
Buffalo gets name power, hires Hurley as coach
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo hired Bobby Hurley to take over as its men’s basketball coach.
Hurley, who was introduced at a news conference yesterday, completed his first season as an associate coach at Rhode Island this month, working under his brother, Dan Hurley. He spent the previous two seasons as an assistant at Wagner, also with Dan serving as head coach.
At Buffalo, he takes over for Reggie Witherspoon, who was fired two weeks ago after 14 seasons on the job. Witherspoon went 4-20 this past season.
Hurley, a superstar high school guard while playing for his father, Bob, Sr., in New Jersey in the 1980s, is best known for his playing days at Duke, where he established himself as one of the nation’s top all-time point guards. He led the Blue Devils to three Final Four berths, including 1992, when he was named most outstanding player.
Serena advances to Key Biscayne semis
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Five-time champion Serena Williams advanced yesterday to the Sony Open semifinals and tied the women’s record for career victories in the tournament by beating No. 5-seeded Li Na, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The top-ranked Williams overcame six double-faults and rallied in the second set from a 5-2 deficit. She hit six winners in the tiebreaker, including a forehand passing shot cross-court on the final point.
No. 2 Andy Murray, the champion in 2009 and runner-up last year, returned to the quarterfinals by beating No. 16 Andreas Seppi, 6-2, 6-4. No. 8 Richard Gasquet hit 17 aces, including three in the final tiebreaker, and advanced to his first Key Biscayne quarterfinal by beating No. 10 Nicolas Almagro, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (3).
No. 3 David Ferrer beat No. 13 Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-2. Ferrer’s next opponent will be unseeded Jurgen Melzer, who rallied past Albert Ramos, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Williams, who is assured of remaining No. 1 next week, will play tomorrow against the winner of the quarterfinal last night between defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 30-seeded Kirsten Flipkens.