SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The names Chris Getz and Johnny Giavotella appear right next to each other on an alphabetical listing of the Kansas City Royals who are still in spring training camp. Call it fitting, because their race for the second baseman’s job is just that close. Getz is the steady defensive stalwart who hits for average and not much else, and who’s held down the starting job most of the past two years. Giavotella is considered the second baseman of the future if he can just figure out how to play good defense at the keystone position. Both of them have played well in spring training, and manager Ned Yost says he likely won’t decide on his starting second baseman until just before opening day.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter went 0 for 2 in his second game as a designated hitter since returning from a broken ankle, a 4-0 win for the New York Yankees over the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. Kevin Youkilis hit a fourth-inning solo homer off St. Louis starter Lance Lynn, who allowed one run and two hits over four innings. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had surgery in St. Louis yesterday to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back. Bench coach Mike Aldrete is managing the team in his absence.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Rams have released safety Quintin Mikell to clear salary cap space. The team made the move yesterday. Mikell was third on the team with 114 tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles. Another safety, Darian Stewart, is set to be a restricted free agent.
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a deal that will send wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. The Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens are shipping wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, pending a physical. The Giants are allowing Victor Cruz to enter restricted free agency by placing a first-round tender on the wide receiver.