Sunday, December 17, 2017

Phillies say injury to Polanco is minor

CLEARWATER — The Phillies got some good news Sunday when X-rays on 3B Placido Polanco's left ring finger came back negative. The All-Star is listed as day to day with a sprain.

Polanco injured his hand diving back into first base on a pickoff play in the first inning of Saturday's win over the Blue Jays. Former Ray Ty Wigginton was in the starting lineup at third base against Toronto on Sunday.

The Phillies are missing three-fourths of their infield. 1B Ryan Howard and 2B Chase Utley haven't played this spring. Howard's return is uncertain after having surgery on his Achilles. Utley has a chronic knee condition but hopes to play in a game soon.

NO WORRIES: LHP Cole Hamels gave up five runs and seven hits in 31/3 innings during the Phillies' 10-2 loss to the Blue Jays but said he felt fine.

"I was very happy with what I was able to do," Hamels said.

"It's all about fine-tuning now, to be able to throw all of your pitches where you want to. It's nice to know you can go out there and be free and easy and build up the arm strength that you have to have. I feel I'm getting there."

Yanks: Reliever better

TAMPA — Yankees RH reliever David Robertson, sidelined with a foot injury, threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and barring complications could be ready to pitch by the end of the week, according to a radio report.

Robertson, who hurt his right foot when he fell down the stairs in his apartment March 7, hasn't thrown in a Grapefruit League game since making his debut March 5 against the Phillies.

An MRI exam showed that he had suffered a bone bruise, and he was shut down.

WFAN in New York said that Robertson, 26, felt "fine" after his session and added that he "expects to get back into a game by next weekend at the latest."

Robertson, the top setup man for veteran closer Mariano Rivera, had a 1.08 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season for the Yankees, striking out 100 and walking 35 in 662/3 innings.

Jays: Using caution

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie was held out of action for the second straight day because of tightness in his left groin.

Lawrie, who is heading into his first full big-league season, was hurt while trying to score from second base during Friday's victory over the Rays. He already has been ruled out of Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, which follows today's off day for Toronto.

He said the injury isn't serious but didn't mind being cautious with more than two weeks of spring training left.

"Good, getting better every day," Lawrie said of his status. Sunday "feels a lot better just from mobility-wise, moving it around and stuff. Every day is a new day and just getting better."

Lawrie said there is no timetable for his return.

"It's just personal preference based on feel," he said.

ROSTER TRIMS: The Blue Jays returned RHPs Jerry Gil and Deck McGuire and C A.J. Jimenez to minor-league camp and optioned C Travis D'Arnaud and 1B Mike McDade to minor-league camp.

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
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Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
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Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
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Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Thunder 111-96 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 ...
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Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
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Sports in brief

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Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

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Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
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Cabreras team up for first-round lead at Father/Son Challenge

ORLANDO — Two-time major winner Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the Father/Son Challenge. Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in the pop...
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