SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez allowed one run and two hits over two innings in his spring training debut and Stefen Romero homered twice and had seven RBIs and a Seattle Mariners split-squad pounded Kansas City 12-2 yesterday, ending the Royals’ 11-game winning streak.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Pete Kozma and Daniel Descalso both homered yesterday as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 7-6. Kolton Wong added a two-run homer for the Cardinals. Before the game, the team announced shortstop Rafael Furcal (fur-KAHL’) will likely miss the season because of an elbow injury.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera plans to announce Saturday that he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press yesterday. The 43-year-old closer is baseball’s saves leader with 608 and is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 ERA while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships.
MIAMI (AP) — Tiger Woods will be part of a five-way tie for the lead when the second round of the Cadillac Championship begins at Doral this morning. Woods opened with a 6-under-par 66 that leaves him tied with Freddie Jacobson (YAHK’-uhb-suhn), Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson. Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan (MAY’-han), Steve Stricker and Peter Hanson are one shot back.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — NASCAR has fined Denny Hamlin $25,000 for disparaging comments about the new Gen-6 race car last week at Phoenix. Hamlin said he wouldn’t pay the fine and would rather face a suspension, but NASCAR automatically deducts unpaid fines from a driver’s purse or point fund earnings.