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Teixeira Out 8-10 Weeks With Wrist Injury

— Mark Teixeira is going to be out at least until early May with a strained right wrist tendon, the latest major injury setback for the New York Yankees.

New York general manager Brian Cashman gave the news after the Yankees’ were beaten 8-2 by the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team yesterday.

Teixeira was hurt swinging a bat Tuesday in an indoor cage during pregame warmups with the U.S. WBC team. Initially, Teixeira was expected to be out eight to 10 days, but Teixeira was examined by Yankees doctors in New York yesterday and a diagnosis of eight to 10 weeks was given.

Cashman said Teixeira will rest for four weeks before beginning rehabilitation.

It’s the second major injury for the Yankees during spring training this year. Outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch Feb. 24. He will also be sidelined until early May.

Pirates 9, Red Sox 3

Fort Myers, Fla. — Boston starter Jon Lester pitched four innings of two-hit ball yesterday as Pittsburgh beat the Red Sox.

Lester allowed one run and three walks while striking out three. He is projected to start on opening day for Boston.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke also gave up one run in four innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs for Pittsburgh.

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright permitted five runs on five hits and three walks in two innings. He was watched by former Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who started out as an infielder in the Pirates’ organization before becoming a pitcher.

NFL Football

49ers Cut Kicker

San Francisco — Six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers was released by the San Francisco 49ers after two seasons filled with record-breaking highs and incredible lows.

General Manager Trent Baalke thanked Akers in a statement yesterday, calling the kicker a “true professional who represented himself and this organization with class.”

Akers appeared in all 32 regular-season games and five playoff contests the past two seasons. He connected on 73 of 94 field goal attempts and all 78 extra points.

In 2011, Akers set NFL records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. He also tied the league mark for the longest made when he kicked from 63 yards in last season’s opener at Green Bay.

But Akers made just 29 of 44 attempts last season, his lowest percentage since 1999. The 49ers even brought in Billy Cundiff to compete against Akers before the divisional-round playoff and NFC championship game.

Ravens Donate
Motorcycles to Police

Baltimore — The Baltimore Ravens donated two motorcycles to the New Orleans Police Department Traffic Division as a show of appreciation for the treatment the team received during the week of the Super Bowl.

While in New Orleans, the Ravens received police escorts to and from their destinations, as well as 24-hour security protection.

Team owner Steve Bisciotti said the Ravens provided two 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the New Orleans police force “to show our appreciation for how well our team, our families and our fans were treated by everyone representing New Orleans.”

Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, a New Orleans native, presented the gift on behalf of the organization this morning in New Orleans.

Trademark Judges to
Hear New Case Vs. Redskins

Washington — The case against the Washington Redskins nickname begins again today.

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will hear a petition brought by a group of Native Americans who say the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection. They cite a law that prohibits registered names that are disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.

The board stripped the Redskins of the trademark in 1999, but the ruling was overturned in large part on a technicality. The same technicality doesn’t apply to the new group of plaintiffs.

The motive is to force Redskins owner Dan Snyder into a change by taking away his exclusive rights to market the team’s name.

The Redskins have said their nickname honors Native Americans and that they don’t mean to offend anybody.