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Newcomer Napoli Solid in Red Sox Debut

  • In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Bayno looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Now an assistant with the Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Bayno looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Now an assistant with the Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Bayno looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Now an assistant with the Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Bayno looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Now an assistant with the Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Bayno looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Now an assistant with the Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • In this Feb. 28, 2013 photo, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Bill Bayno looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. Now an assistant with the Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Fort Myers, Fla. — Mike Napoli hit an RBI single in his first spring game for the Boston Red Sox, a 5-2 win last night over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Napoli joined Boston as a free agent in the offseason. He had been slowed in camp because of a hip problem. He went 1 for 2 and scored a run.

The Red Sox are looking for Napoli to be their primary first baseman. Pittsburgh tested the converted catcher right away when Darren Ford bunted on the first pitch. Napoli fielded the ball and beat Ford to the bag.

Napoli hit an RBI single off pitcher Jeff Locke’s right leg in the first inning.

Jon Lester pitched three scoreless innings for Boston in his second spring outing. He gave up one hit, struck out two and walked one.

Crawford Could
Miss Dodgers’ Opener

Glendale, Ariz. — Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford could miss his team’s April 1 opener against San Francisco after leaving spring training to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles.

Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23, Crawford felt nerve irritation in his left arm. The Dodgers said yesterday he was examined a day earlier by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and told Crawford to rest.

Crawford was back in camp yesterday and will not take batting practice or throw for about seven days, according to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. Crawford will be able to participate in other drills.

According to the Dodgers, Crawford has not suffered irritation in the repaired ligament.

Crawford was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 25 along with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto.

Indians Closer
Has Shoulder Strain

Goodyear, Ariz. — Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez could be sidelined one month because of a strained shoulder.

Perez, who saved 39 games last season, will not throw for the next week to 10 days. Once he resumes his program, the Indians estimate he will be pitching in games in three or four weeks.

Football

Ex-Montana QB Acquitted

Missoula, Mont. — A former University of Montana quarterback has been acquitted in a rape trial that has played out amid NCAA and federal investigations into how the school and the city of Missoula respond to rape allegations on campus.

Jurors delivered the verdict yesterday after deliberating for less than two hours.

The case against 20-year-old Jordan Johnson has drawn much attention in Montana, where UM football is the top sports attraction.

Johnson led the school to a successful 2011 season as starting quarterback before being accused of assaulting a woman as they watched a movie together at her home last February.

The woman testified that she and Johnson were kissing when his demeanor changed and he held her down and raped her, despite her protests.

Johnson maintains the sex was consensual.