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Carpenter strains his hamstring

Associated Press / March 2, 2011

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The Cardinals had two aces when they arrived at spring training. Now, both are hurt.

Chris Carpenter left St. Louis’ 7-1 victory over the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla., in the third inning yesterday after feeling a twinge in his left hamstring. The injury came one day after fellow All-Star Adam Wainwright had season-ending elbow surgery.

Carpenter was diagnosed with a strained left hamstring, but said the problem isn’t serious.

Setup man Mitchell Boggs, rushed into the game to replace Carpenter, then strained his lower back.

“It was kind of head-scratching,’’ manager Tony La Russa said. “We kind of held our breath. We came in here and the doctors and trainers said they are minor.’’

Johnson to Indians? A person familiar with the negotiations said the Indians are close to signing oft-injured first baseman Nick Johnson, 32, to a contract.

Also, general manager Chris Antonetti said he’s not expecting center fielder Grady Sizemore, the three-time All-Star who had microfracture surgery on his left knee last June, to be ready when the team opens the season.

In another development, the Indians were disappointed after learning outfielder Austin Kearns was arrested in Kentucky last month on suspicion of drunken driving — just days before he reported to camp.

Kearns didn’t tell the Indians about the arrest, which took place Feb. 12 in Lexington, his hometown. The club didn’t find out about the incident until late Monday night.

As expected, Cleveland signed reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.

Anderson retires Garret Anderson is retiring after 17 seasons, almost all with the Angels. The 38-year-old left fielder said he hasn’t ruled out a coaching career. Anderson had more than 2,500 hits, a career average of .293, 287 homers, and won a World Series title in 2002 . . . Brandon Webb of the Rangers threw 46 pitches in a bullpen session in Surprise, Ariz. It was the former NL Cy Young Award winner’s second time on the mound in three days as Texas has him go through a program to build strength in his surgically repaired shoulder . . . Cliff Lee gave up two runs in two innings and struggled with his control in his spring debut as the Phillies lost, 6-2, to a Tigers split squad in Clearwater, Fla. . . . At Glendale, Ariz., slowed by a bruised right side, Zack Greinke was erratic in his first spring training start for the Brewers. Greinke needed 40 pitches to get four outs, walking three and allowing one hit as the Brewers beat the White Sox, 3-1.

Bonds evidence admitted A judge admitted a trove of evidence in Barry Bonds’s perjury trial while the admissibility of still more hangs in the balance after a hearing in federal court in San Francisco three weeks before the ex-slugger’s trial is scheduled to start. Bonds renewed his not guilty plea, which was made necessary when prosecutors revised the charges for the third time since the initial indictment was unsealed in November 2007. Also, Bonds’s former personal trainer, Greg Anderson, told US District Judge Susan Illston that he again has no intention of taking the stand as a government witness . . . Two people briefed on the team’s finances told the New York Times that the Mets no longer can look to Major League Baseball for substantial monetary assistance. Owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz are struggling to maintain control of the team in the face of a $1 billion lawsuit brought by the trustee for victims of the Bernard Madoff fraud . . . Ex-Braves pitcher Mark Wohlers called his wife a hero for waking him and helping get their three young children out of a fire that ravaged their Milton, Ga., home early yesterday.

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