Orioles Top Red Sox, Continue Hot Start
Milwaukee Brewers' Donnie Murphy, left, and Kansas City Royals catcher George Kottaras look for the call after Murphy slid home to score on a double by Blake Lalli during an exhibition spring training baseball game, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Sarasota, Fla. — Chris Davis hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to lead the Baltimore Orioles to their fifth straight win to start spring training, 5-3 over the Boston Red Sox last night.
It’s the first time Baltimore, which was using a split-squad against the Red Sox, has won its first five in spring since 2001.
Chris Tillman allowed a hit and two walks in 12∕3 innings for the Orioles.
Boston brought most of its regulars, but third baseman Will Middlebrooks had a scary moment in the first inning when he appeared to injure his right wrist after swinging at a pitch from Tillman. Middlebrooks, who broke the wrist last Aug. 10, left the game, but said it was a precaution and that he was fine.
■ Red Sox slugger David Ortiz left the team for a few days to return to the Dominican Republic for a personal matter.
Boston manager John Farrell said before last night’s game that Ortiz, who has yet to play this spring training, should be back by tomorrow.
Farrell declined to say what Ortiz’s personal matter was.
Racing Sausage Gone
Cedarburg, Wis. — One of the base-running sausages, a familiar sight at Milwaukee Brewers games, is missing.
Someone wearing the Klement’s Racing Italian Sausage costume recently posed with bar patrons in Cedarburg, Wis. The 7-foot-long, $3,000 costume was in a backroom at the Milwaukee Curling Club during a Feb. 16 fundraiser. Someone saw the sausage walk out the door that evening and it hasn’t been seen since.
The costume is owned by Milwaukee-based sausage company Klement’s. The Racing Sausages, including the Bratwurst, the Polish Sausage, the Hot Dog and the Chorizo, are a popular sight running bases at Brewers home games. The costumes are available for rent.
Giants Keep Tackle
East Rutherford, n.j. — The New York Giants agreed to a five-year deal with left tackle Will Beatty, who could have become a free agent.
The deal gives the Giants some continuity on the offensive line. Beatty is entering his fifth season with the Giants. He played in all 16 games last season after missing much of training camp with a sore back.
Arrested Bama Players Dismissed
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus.
University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said yesterday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.
Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway, who was not accused in the robberies, are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.