Veteran outfielder Trot Nixon was released by the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday, leaving three players competing for two outfield spots on the Opening Day roster. Nixon, 34, was a nonroster invitee with four hits in 38 spring at-bats.
Brewers manager Ken Macha said the decision was tough because Nixon's career means so much to him. Macha managed Nixon for four years in the Red Sox' minor league system.
Nixon has 137 homers and 555 RBIs with a .274 average over 12 seasons, 10 in Boston. Tony Gwynn Jr., Chris Duffy, and Brad Nelson are the finalists for the two backup slots.
See Manny run Manny Ramírez
felt good running the bases, so he decided to test his hamstring in the outfield. A day after hitting his first home run of spring training, Ramírez started in left field and batted third for the Dodgers against the Brewers in Phoenix. He collected a single, a walk, and a strikeout. The defensively challenged Ramírez played an uneventful left field . . . Pirates prospect Jose Tabata
is not involved in any wrongdoing in a bizarre case in which his much-older wife is charged with abducting a 2-month-old girl from a Florida couple, police told the team. Tabata, a 20-year-old outfielder who is one of the Pirates' top minor leaguers, said he is "hurt, frustrated, and confused" that his wife, Amalia Tabata Pereira
, 43, is accused of taking the girl from a woman at a health clinic in Plant City, Fla., Monday.
Price sent down
American League Championship Series star David Price
was optioned by the Rays to Triple A. The No. 1 pick in 2007, Price, a lefthander, was called up last season and earned his first big league win and save - in Game 7 - in the ALCS against the Red Sox . . . The sale of the San Diego Padres from John Moores
to ex-agent Jeff Moorad
appears to be almost finalized according to a baseball official with knowledge of the situation. The price is estimated to be $500 million . . . Carl Pavano
rebounded from a rough outing with six strong innings as the Indians beat the Padres, 8-4, in Peoria, Ariz. Pavano, who appeared in only 26 games in four seasons for the Yankees after signing a $39.95 million contract in 2005, entered with a 9.82 ERA, but threw 53 of 77 pitches for strikes . . . At Phoenix, Bartolo Colon
took a big step toward making the White Sox rotation, pitching two-hit ball into the fifth inning of a 5-4 win over the Athletics. Colon, coming back from offseason elbow surgery, struck out four in 4 1/3 innings . . . The Angels' Torii Hunter
had a ball deflect off his nose in center field, turning a drive by the Rockies' Jeff Baker
into an inside-the-park homer on a windy day in Tempe, Ariz. The ball struck the wall padding before hitting Hunter. He left the game but X-rays were negative . . . Johnny Blanchard
, 76, who played in five consecutive World Series for the Yankees in the early 1960s, died of a heart attack in Minnesota . . . Arthur Richman
, 83, a longtime baseball writer who also spent four decades as an executive with the Mets and Yankees, died in New York.
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