Twins lock up Pavano with $16.5 million deal
Carl Pavano is headed back to the Minnesota Twins with a $16.5 million, two-year contract. The team announced the deal Wednesday.
Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and seven complete games last season to help the Twins win the American League Central title. The right-hander pitched 221 innings, the second-highest total in his injury-plagued career.
Also: Proceeds from a baseball game between injured veterans and former major leaguers will be used to support charities and establish a fund honoring victims of the assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Heroes vs. Legends game March 12 at Tucson (Ariz.) Electric Park will include former players Gaylord Perry, Rollie Fingers and Fergie Jenkins.
In a move mirroring those of his father, New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner overruled general manager Brian Cashman in giving a $35 million, three-year contract to Rafael Soriano.
Distancing himself from the decision after a news conference to introduce Mariano Rivera’s new setup man, Cashman said he didn’t think it was worth playing closer money for a pitcher who will be used in the eighth inning.
The Oakland Athletics and
free-agent reliever Brian Fuentes finalized a two-year contract.
Roy Hartsfield, the Toronto Blue Jays’ manager for their first three seasons, died in Ball Ground, Ga. He was 85.
Eagle, six birdies propel Lamely to Bob Hope lead
Derek Lamely shot a 9-under-par 63 in the first round of the Bob Hope Classic at La Quinta, Calif., playing the final 10 holes in 8 under to take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry and Jhonattan Vegas.
Lamely had an eagle and six birdies in that 10-hole stretch on the Palmer Private course. He was a Rookie of the Year contender last season after claiming his first victory.
Lamely had five birdies and an eagle in his six-hole run for the best stretch on the PGA Tour since Brandt Snedeker strung together an 8-under, seven-hole roll in early 2007 at Torrey Pines.
Also: Tiger Woods will be starting his season in San Diego.
Woods entered the Farmers Insurance Open, which has become the traditional start of his season since 2006. He has won the last five times he played Torrey Pines, including the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff over Rocco Mediate.
Daytona testing means NASCAR season nearing
Just two months after Jimmie Johnson won his fifth straight NASCAR title, it’s time to start those engines at Daytona International Speedway.
About 40 teams are expected at the high-banked trioval for three days of testing that begins today, all preparing for next month’s Daytona 500.
The speedway spent $20 million repaving the historic track after an embarrassing pothole halted last year’s 500.
Also: Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., charged to a 21-pin lead over Osku Palermaa of Finland after five rounds of the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.
Daugherty finished the fifth round with a total of 6,182 pins. Palermaa had a 6,161 total. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was third with 6,127 pins, followed by Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., at 6,121.
Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere has been named to the NHL All-Star roster, replacing Calgary’s Jarome Iginla.
Briere leads the Flyers with 24 goals and 41 points. Iginla withdrew from the game to be with his ailing grandmother.