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Jeter making progress

TAMPA — Derek Jeter ran Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October, another step toward being in the Yankees lineup on opening day.

The shortstop, 38, jogged on a treadmill at the Yankees' minor-league complex a day before pitchers and catcher report to spring training.

"I've gotten the okay to do everything," Jeter said. "It's a progression. I haven't used my legs, so I've got to get back to using them."

When asked how the running workout felt, Jeter replied "great."

Jeter began his third week of baseball workouts. He hit in a batting cage, fielded grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop and threw in the outfield.

"I feel fine," Jeter said. "I was able to do everything else. I just had to be careful with my ankle, but now I've gotten the green light with that. I've gotten all the green lights I need."

The 13-time All-Star expects to start in the opener against Boston on April 1. Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL Championship Series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13 and had surgery a week later.

"In terms of his work ethic, it's amazing," Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson said. "I got a chance see to him for the first time (Monday). He's going to do whatever he can to get himself back there."

BOURN TO INDIANS: Free-agent centerfielder Michael Bourn agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with Cleveland. Bourn, 30, an All-Star with the Braves last season, must pass a physical this week in Goodyear, Ariz., before the deal can be completed.

CARPENTER NOT DONE: Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, including this year. The 37-year-old ace, who is expected to miss the season because of circulation problems, maintained his usual dogged optimism in a conversation with reporters. "Maybe I don't ever want it to end," Carpenter said. "I don't think I'll ever retire, to be honest with you. I'll never say that word. There might always be hope. Maybe like when I'm 48 I can come back and pitch some more."

NEW PIRATE SIDELINED: Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano reported to spring training camp in Bradenton but it will be at least another month before he throws his first pitch. Liriano will spend the next four weeks rehabilitating his broken right humerus. He likely won't be ready to make his regular-season debut until early May. "It's coming along pretty good," Liriano said. "I'm going to take it one day at a time and see how it feels over the next couple of weeks."

OBITUARY: Edith Houghton, one of baseball's first female scouts, died Feb. 2 in Sarasota. She was 100. After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Ms. Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52.

ANGELS: Right-handed reliever Ryan Madson, who is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery that caused him to miss all of last season, had a setback Feb. 1 and hasn't thrown since, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A'S: Free-agent left-hander Hideki Okajima agreed to a minor-league contract.

REDS: Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, acquired this offseason from the Indians, agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000.

TIGERS: Right-hander Justin Verlander said he would not pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.

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