Red Sox Pitcher Arrested, Charged With DUI
Fort Myers, Fla. — Red Sox left-hander Drake Britton was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., and charged with driving under the influence, jail records said.
The 23-year-old was arrested early Saturday morning. He was also charged with reckless driving and DUI with property damage. He posted bond later that day.
His arrest report said Britton was speeding when a deputy tried to stop him for “numerous traffic violations.” The report said Britton drove his car over a curb and knocked down a fence. He then drove over it before making a complete stop. The report said Britton admitted to the deputy he had been drinking.
Britton was optioned to Double-A Portland in Maine during the team’s first round of roster cuts. The club released a statement yesterday, saying they take the arrest “very seriously, and it is being addressed.” They declined further comment.
Red Sox 4, Puerto Rico 3
Fort Myers, Fla. — John Lackey pitched three scoreless innings as he returns from elbow-reconstruction surgery, and the Red Sox beat a Puerto Rico team preparing for the World Baseball Classic last night.
Lackey gave up three hits and struck out two in his third start. Lackey sat out all last season after having Tommy John surgery in November 2011.
Will Middlebrooks homered in the second off Giancarlo Alvarado and Mike Napoli hit a towering solo homer to left field in the fourth. Stephen Drew had a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth.
U.S. Ties, Teixeira Hurt
Glendale, Ariz. — The U.S. team played to a 4-4 tie with the Chicago White Sox yesterday in the first of its two exhibition games leading up to the start of the World Baseball Classic.
It was still a losing afternoon for the Americans.
First baseman Mark Teixeira will miss the tournament after straining his right forearm while swinging in the batting cage before the game. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in Tampa, Fla., that X-rays on Teixeira’s hand and wrist area came back negative.
It was unclear who would replace him on the U.S. team.
Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs and Ryan Braun went 3 for 4 for the U.S., which opens pool play Friday night against Mexico.
Gordon Beckham went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the White Sox.
Teixeira is the latest Yankees star to be injured this spring. Curtis Granderson broke his forearm on Feb. 24.
Real Madrid Eliminates United
Manchester, England — Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal in his return to Old Trafford, rallying Real Madrid over Manchester United 2-1 last night and into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
Sergio Ramos’ own goal in the 48th minute gave United a 2-1 lead in the total-goal series, but the game started to turn when Nani received a red card from Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir in the 55th minute for a studs-up challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.
Luka Modric’s long-range goal tied the game and the aggregate in the 67th and Ronaldo, who starred for United from 2003-09, scored two minutes later off a cross from Gonzalo Higuain.
Bills Vet to Retire
Buffalo, n.y. — Linebacker Shawne Merriman is calling it “Lights Out” on his career, announcing on his website that he plans to retire.
He’s a three-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL’s 2005 defensive rookie of the year. Merriman’s best seasons came with San Diego, where he earned the nickname “Lights Out” for being one of the league’s top pass-rushers.
Owner Seeks to Unload Team Via Craigslist
Cedar Rapids, Iowa — A co-owner of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Titans football team is selling his stake through Craigslist.
The Titans announced earlier this week that owner Mike Polaski is trying to sell his 20 percent stake in the two-year-old Indoor Football League team. Polaski wrote on Craigslist that a downturn in his business as a restaurant owner is the reason and he’s asking for $80,000.
The team’s general manager and co-owner, Chris Kokalis, said Polaski was influential in bringing the team to Cedar Rapids. He said Polaski’s decision to sell has no impact on the Titans’ daily operations.
The Titans (3-0) were in first place in IFL’s United Conference and face the Wyoming Cavalry on Friday.