Buchholz Sharp in Red Sox’ Win Over Twins
Fort Myers, Fla. — Clay Buchholz pitched one-hit ball for four scoreless innings, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 last night in the first of three straight games between the teams to end spring training.
Buchholz walked one and struck out six.
Twins right-hander Kevin Correia went five innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk with one strikeout for the Twins.
The Red Sox scored their lone run off Correia in the first inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, moved to third on Daniel Nava’s groundout and scored on Dustin Pedroia’s groundout.
Boston said infielder Stephen Drew will begin the season on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Done for Season
New York — Mets pitcher Johan Santana injured his left shoulder again and likely will need surgery, the team said. He will miss the 2013 season.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery in September 2010, then returned last year and pitched the first no-hitter in the team’s history. He hasn’t pitched in an exhibition game this year because of arm weakness.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that an MRI in New York a day earlier showed a “probable” re-tear of Santana’s left shoulder capsule.
Pointer From Putter
Humble, Texas —The putter D.A. Points once took from his mother paid off nicely for him in the Houston Open.
Points opened with five straight birdies and wound up with an 8-under 64 on a pleasant morning with only moderate wind at Redstone Golf Club. He had a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale and afternoon starter John Rollins with the late groups still on the course.
Rory McIlroy, in his final start before the Masters, was 3-over par after a double bogey on the par-5 eighth, then rallied for a 73 in his afternoon round.
Points first borrowed the Ping Anser from his mother during his junior years in Illinois, and like most golfers, he abandoned it once he stopped making putts. But he recently asked Ping to clean it up for him and add some weight. He also got a putting lesson — no, not from Steve Stricker — and he was on his way.
Mark Martin to Replace Hamlin in No. 11
Charlotte, n.c. — Mark Martin will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing while Denny Hamlin recovers from a fractured vertebra in his lower back.
Martin’s first start in the No. 11 Toyota will be next week at Martinsville Speedway, where he wasn’t scheduled to race. Brian Vickers had already been tabbed to drive Martin’s car for Michael Waltrip Racing at Martinsville.
The 54-year-old Martin has driven one other time for JGR, in the Nationwide Series last year at Las Vegas, where he finished second.
Hamlin is expected to miss at least five races while he heals. JGR didn’t specify how long Martin will be in the car, but the fifth race is at Talladega, a track Martin has opted to skip the last few years.
Sharapova, S. Williams
In Key Biscayne Final
Key Biscayne, Fla. — Maria Sharapova keeps drawing a different opponent in the Key Biscayne final, and has yet to find one she can beat.
Now she’ll give it a try against Serena Williams.
Sharapova, a four-time runner-up, earned another berth in the final by beating Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 yesterday at the Sony Open. Eight hours later, five-time champion Williams advanced when she beat defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3.
Andy Murray, the 2009 champion and runner-up last year, advanced to the semifinals by beating No. 9 Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3. Murray has yet to drop a set, and his path is made easier because Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer skipped the tournament, and Novak Djokovic lost in the fourth round.
Pats Add WR
Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Patriots signed free agent wide receiver Michael Jenkins.
In his ninth season, Jenkins caught 40 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns with the Minnesota Vikings last year. He joined them in 2011 after seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the first round in 2004 out of Ohio State.
Jenkins has 354 catches for 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns in 130 games, including 79 starts. The Vikings released him March 5.
The Patriots have also added free agents Danny Amendola from the St. Louis Rams and Donald Jones from the Buffalo Bills.