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Free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, right, and his wife Katie, talk to the media during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Hamilton, formerly of the Texas Rangers, joins the Los Angeles Angels MLB baseball team after signing a $125 million, five-year contract. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Sauter surges to win truck race at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Johnny Sauter passed Jeb Burton for the lead on a restart with 17 laps to go yesterday and won the NASCAR truck race at Martinsville Speedway, his second victory in two series races this season.
Sauter earned his eighth career victory in the series, and second at Martinsville.
“Two for two starting out. This is unbelievable,” Sauter said in Victory Lane.
He got there by passing Burton, the pole-sitting rookie making just his seventh start in the series, on the outside following a restart on the 234th of 250 laps, and then holding on as the field behind him shuffled.
Matt Crafton rallied to finish second and Burton was third, followed by Timothy Peters and Darrell Wallace Jr.
Hamilton says wife called for security before game
ARLINGTON, Texas – Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton said his wife had to call for security before his first game against the Texas Rangers because fans of his former team were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family.
The All-Star slugger said yesterday that security guards stayed near his wife, Katie, and their children, and there weren’t any major incidents during Friday’s game.
Hamilton, who was 0-for-4 in the Angels’ 3-2 loss, says the comments were “inappropriate with kids around.”
Major League Baseball suspended Hamilton for more than three years for drug and alcohol use while he was in the Tampa Bay organization. He also had a couple of relapses with the Rangers.
Rangers spokesman John Blake said the Angels had requested extra security near the Hamiltons.
Dodgers trade Harang to Rockies for Hernandez
LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers traded pitcher Aaron Harang to the Colorado Rockies for former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez and cash yesterday.
General Manager Ned Colletti said the deal gives the Dodgers another backup at catcher behind starter A.J. Ellis.
Colorado immediately designated Harang for assignment.
Hernandez has a career average of .264 with 166 home runs, 751 RBIs and 1,335 hits during his 14-year career with Oakland, San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati and the Rockies. Colorado, which owed him $3.2 million, designated him for assignment on March 29.
The 36-year-old catcher was an All-Star in 2003 and averaged 118 games behind the plate from 2000-11. Among active players, only A.J. Pierzynski has caught more games and more innings than Hernandez, who has caught nearly 12,000 innings during his career.
Harang hadn’t appeared in a game for the Dodgers this season. He was 10-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 31 starts last year. The right-hander is 105-104 with a 4.19 ERA in 11 seasons with Oakland, Cincinnati, San Diego and the Dodgers.
Indians put LHP Scott Kazmir on disabled list
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Cleveland Indians placed left-hander Scott Kazmir on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage muscle.
The team made the move yesterday.
Cleveland also recalled right-hander Trevor Bauer from Triple-A Columbus to start last night against Tampa Bay.
The Indians had said Thursday that the moves were coming.
Orioles RHP McCutchen suspended for positive test
NEW YORK – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel McCutchen was suspended for 50 games under baseball’s minor league drug program following a positive test for Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone.
The 30-year-old right-hander has made one appearance this season for Triple-A Norfolk of the International League, allowing four runs, three hits and two walks in 11∕3 innings of an 11-2 loss to Durham on Friday night.
McCutchen was 8-11 with a 4.77 ERA in 15 starts and 103 relief appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2009-12. He agreed to a minor league contract with the Orioles in November.
The suspension, announced yesterday, raised the total this year under the minor league program to 12.
Wagner baseball card from 1909 sells for $2.1 million
WEST BERLIN, N.J. – A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold for more than $2.1 million at auction.
The T206 card, originally released by the American Tobacco Co., went for $2,105,770.50 in an online sale, Goldin Auctions said yesterday.
While the company said the price was a record for a baseball card sold at auction, a similar Wagner card in mint condition was purchased for $2.8 million in a private sale in 2007.
Red Wings recall Sheahan, who had an infamous DUI
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings recalled Riley Sheahan from their American Hockey League affiliate.
The move was made yesterday, a day before Detroit hosts the St. Louis Blues.
Detroit drafted Sheahan in the first round of the 2010 NHL draft and he played in one game for the Red Wings last year. He had 35 points in 67 games this season for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Sheahan pleaded guilty to drunken driving in December following an infamous traffic stop. He was wearing the costume of the purple Teletubby named Tinky Winky on Oct. 29 when he was arrested in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police at the time said Sheahan had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30, well over the legal limit.
Serena Williams routs Venus at Family Circle
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Serena Williams routed Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup yesterday, the most one-sided match in the sisters’ long rivalry.
Serena Williams won her 14th straight match at the Family Circle. She will play for her second straight tournament title today against the winner of the other semifinal between Jelena Jankovic and Stefanie Voegele later in the day.
This was the first time since 2009 that the Williams sisters were playing each other in a tournament. Serena has won five straight in their series and leads 14-10.
Serena, ranked No. 1, surged to a 4-0 lead and won the first set in 22 minutes. Venus Williams, who withdrew from her last event because of back problems, picked up her game a bit in the second set but it was hardly enough.
Horschel holds on at 10-under for Texas Open lead
SAN ANTONIO – Billy Horschel held off an experienced leaderboard to shoot 2-under 70 and take a two-shot lead entering the final round of the Texas Open.
Horschel, who also held the lead after the second round, battled through the gusting San Antonio wind on Saturday to reach 10 under overall – two shots ahead of Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman.
The Florida native was second at last week’s Houston Open and extended his PGA Tour-best streak of consecutive made cuts to 21 this week.
Rory McIlroy shot a 1-under 71 and is four shots back. McIlroy tied for the low round on Friday with a 67, but he was inconsistent off the tee yesterday and had four birdies and three bogeys.