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Jays put RHP Johnson on DL, Romero to start

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays put pitcher Josh Johnson on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right triceps and said lefty Ricky Romero will make his season debut this weekend.

The Blue Jays made the move yesterday and recalled right-hander Brad Lincoln from Triple-A Buffalo.

Johnson was scratched from a start today, and his move to the DL was retroactive to April 29. He is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts since being acquired in an offseason trade with Miami.

Romero will start tonight at home against Seattle. He was an All-Star in 2011, but struggled in spring training this year and began the season in the minors to work on his mechanics.


Chamberlain joins Yankees DL

NEW YORK – Joba Chamberlain joined the New York Yankees’ crowded disabled list.

The reliever has a strained right side and will be put on the DL retroactive to April 28, the Yankees said yesterday.

He joins shortstop Derek Jeter, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, first baseman Mark Teixeira, outfielder Curtis Granderson, infielder Kevin Youkilis and catcher Francisco Cervelli on the DL.


White Sox RHP Peavy scratched for back spasms

ARLINGTON, Texas – Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was scratched from last night’s start against the Texas Rangers because of back spasms.

Peavy is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 32 innings.

Peavy missed half of the 2010 season after right shoulder surgery but hasn’t been on the disabled list since June 2011.


Rockies agree to minor-league deal with Oswalt

DENVER – The Colorado Rockies agreed to a minor-league deal with three-time All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt.

The team announced the news on its Twitter account yesterday, with Oswalt expected to report to extended spring training.

The 35-year-old Oswalt has a career record of 163-96. He’s also 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field.

Oswalt hasn’t pitched in the majors since Oct. 2, when he was with the Texas Rangers.


MLB fines umpire Hallion, three Rays

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Major League Baseball fined umpire Tom Hallion and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore for their dustup last weekend.

Hallion was the plate umpire and crew chief during a game Sunday at Chicago against the White Sox and Price thought he missed a pitch. They exchanged words and the AL Cy Young winner accused Hallion of directing an expletive at him.

Hallion called Price a “liar” after the game.

Price, Hellickson and Moore later made comments about Hallion on Twitter. The pitchers were fined for violating MLB’s social media policy that forbids “displaying or transmitting content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a major league umpire.”


Ravens, McKinnie agree to two-year deal

BALTIMORE – Baltimore General Manager Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens agreed to a two-year deal to re-sign offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.

The 33-year-old McKinnie is an 11-year NFL veteran who has played the last two seasons with Baltimore. He played his first nine seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

McKinnie started all 16 regular-season games with the Ravens in 2011. He started all four postseason games at left tackle in the 2012 season after playing as a reserve during the regular season. McKinnie helped provide protection as quarterback Joe Flacco threw 11 touchdowns with no interceptions in the Ravens’ Super Bowl run.


Jets cut 2 after arrests for marijuana possession

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris were cut a day after they were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

The two players, who were signed to reserve-future contracts in January and never played for the Jets, were arrested Monday night in Morristown, N.J., after an officer noticed the vehicle they were in was filled with smoke. According to a release provided by Morristown Police, the officer smelled “burnt marijuana” when the driver rolled down his window.

Davis, 23, and Harris, 22, were released after being served a summons, but a third person, Daniel Godfrey, 21, of Morristown, was charged with marijuana possession, intent to distribute and possessing a loaded handgun. Godfrey was detained at Morris County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 bail.


Golden State Coach Jackson fined $25,000

OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA yesterday for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the Warriors’ playoff series with Denver.

After Golden State’s 107-100 loss at Denver on Tuesday night, Jackson repeatedly mentioned Kenneth Faried’s foul in the first half, when the Denver forward stuck out his right leg and moved his body while Warriors star Stephen Curry ran through traffic.

“They tried to send hit men at Steph,” Jackson said. “There were some dirty plays early.”


Sources: Kahn out as Wolves president, Saunders in

MINNEAPOLIS – David Kahn is out as president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Flip Saunders is coming in.

The Timberwolves announced yesterday that owner Glen Taylor decided not to pick up the option for next season on Kahn’s contract. Three people with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Taylor is putting the finishing touches on a deal to hire Saunders as Kahn’s replacement. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Kahn spent four seasons leading the Timberwolves. He helped bring point guard Ricky Rubio and Coach Rick Adelman to Minnesota, but his teams went 89-223 and missed the playoffs in all four of his seasons.


Backstrom, Stoner day to day for Wild

CHICAGO – Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and defenseman Clayton Stoner did not practice yesterday, increasing the possibility they will be unavailable for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Wild forward Jason Pominville also missed yesterday’s practice and will not travel to Chicago for tonight’s game. He missed Game 1.

Coach Mike Yeo said if Backstrom is unable to go, Josh Harding will get the start tonight after he made 35 saves in Minnesota’s 2-1 overtime loss in the opener Tuesday night.


Tipsarevic into Munich quarterfinals

MUNICH – Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia defeated Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals of the BMW Open yesterday.

Tipsarevic is bidding for his second title of the year after winning the Chennai Open at India in January. He will face Daniel Brands of Germany, who beat Gael Monfils of France, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.

Third-seeded Tommy Haas overcame Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2, to set up a quarterfinal with Florian Mayer. Sixth-seeded Mayer beat Marinko Matosevic, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.


Wawrinka reaches quarterfinals of Portugal Open

OEIRAS, Portugal – Second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland rallied past Albert Ramos of Spain, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, yesterday to move into the Portugal Open quarterfinals.

Eighth-seeded Tommy Robredo also advanced on the Spaniard’s 31st birthday, defeating Robin Haase, 6-4, 6-4.

On the women’s side, fourth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain is into the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

Romina Oprandi also advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Svetlana Kuznetsova.


Study: Adults minimize steroid use as problem

NEW YORK – A study finds that American adults rank steroid use among adolescents as less of a problem than alcohol, bullying, marijuana and sexually transmitted diseases.

The study was co-commissioned by baseball’s Hall of Fame and released yesterday.

Those polled ranked cocaine and eating disorders as bigger problems. While 97 percent of the respondents believe steroids cause negative health effects, just 19 percent think steroid use is a big problem among high school students.

Hall President Jeff Idelson said the study shows that steroids and performance-enhancing substances “remain a mystery to the American public.”

The survey of 1,002 adults by was conducted by The Gallup Organization and commissioned by the Hall, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

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