Major League baseball
Rolen's spring off to good start; Bailey pitches shutout innings
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen fouled off some tough pitches from Vin Mazzaro before hitting an RBI single on Friday. "I will take at-bats like that all year long," Rolen said.
All year long? The Reds would like that very much, too.
Rolen's health is a big key for Cincinnati, which beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Friday in Goodyear, Ariz.. He played in only 65 games last season and had surgery on his left shoulder in July.
Rolen has five hits in nine at-bats this spring and appears to be mobile in the field. "I'm not worried about my health or seeing the ball," he said. "I didn't go home tired last season. I felt like I didn't contribute last season."
Reds Manager Dusty Baker is thrilled to have Rolen back. Cincinnati sorely missed his presence in the middle of the lineup last season, when it slipped from NL Central champions to 79-83. "Scotty is getting ready," Baker said. "He's not there yet but almost."
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey, who is competing with Aroldis Chapman for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed a hit and a walk in three scoreless innings. "Homer threw the ball well," Baker said. "His velocity and location, everything was good today."
Minor-league outfielder Donald Lutz hit his second home run of the spring for Cincinnati.
■ Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes will make his first start Saturday against Cincinnati. He'll bat second and play center field in his spring training debut.
"We're just looking forward to seeing him out there and being part of the team and doing some things in the game," Melvin said. "That's all part of the camaraderie and chemistry. So, I think he's looking forward to that, too."
■ Roy Halladay gave up two homers to non-roster invitee Eric Patterson and allowed three runs overall in three innings but the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 Friday in Lakeland, Fla. Halladay wasn't concerned his ERA was 7.20 in two starts this spring. He said he was tweaking some of his pitches.
Redskins trade for No. 2 overall pick
The St. Louis Rams agreed to trade the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins for three first-round picks and a second-round pick, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
In the deal, the Rams will receive the Redskins' first-round pick in each of the next three years, plus Washington's second-round pick this year in return for the second overall pick.
The Redskins are expected to use that pick on whichever quarterback the Indianapolis Colts do not draft No. 1 overall, either Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
The trade cannot be signed off on, turned in and processed until the new league year starts Tuesday at 3 p.m., but it is expected to become official then.
■ Two days after releasing Peyton Manning, the longtime face of the franchise, the Colts announced they were cutting four fan favorites: running back Joseph Addai, linebacker Gary Brackett, safety Melvin Bullitt and tight end Dallas Clark. Quarterback Curtis Painter also was released Friday. New Colts general manager Ryan Grigson declined to comment on a report that Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney is on the trading block.
■ The first stop on the Peyton Manning tour of NFL suitors was the Denver Broncos. Manning met with the team for nearly six hours, then left the team's facility without speaking with reporters.
■ The New York Jets extended quarterback Mark Sanchez's contract. GM Mike Tannenbaum said the Jets "looked at" going after Peyton Manning before deciding to stick with Sanchez.
Watson shoots 62, takes lead at Doral
Bubba Watson and Justin Rose put on an amazing show of birdies in blustery conditions at Doral, Fla., making 17 between them while playing in the same group Friday at the Cadillac Championship. Their duel was decided by Watson's eagle, giving him a 10-under 62 and a one-shot lead.
Tiger Woods played bogey-free for a 67 and actually lost ground. He moved up the leader board, but is seven shots behind going into the weekend, with 14 players ahead of him. Rory McIlroy, in his first tournament as the new world No. 1, managed a 69 and fell 10 shots off the lead.
■ Matt Jones shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead over George McNeill in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.
Kahne wins his first pole with Hendrick
Kasey Kahne will start on the pole after setting a track record on a fast day of qualifying at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kahne had a top speed of 190.456 mph on the 1.5-mile tri-oval on Friday to earn his 23rd career pole and first since joining Hendrick Motorsports. Kyle Busch qualified second and will join Kahne on the front row for Sunday's 400-mile race after a warm day in the desert where 15 drivers eclipsed Matt Kenseth's record of 188.884 mph set in in 2011.
Prince's shot sends Pistons past Hawks
Tayshaun Prince made a driving left-handed shot with 24.3 seconds remaining, and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Atlanta Hawks 86-85 in Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit wasted a 12-point fourth-quarter lead and trailed by one after Jeff Teague's layup with 36.6 seconds to play, but Prince answered and Atlanta's Joe Johnson missed a contested shot from the left corner in the final seconds. Prince finished with 17 points.
■ Kobe Bryant scored 34 points and Andrew Bynum added 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-102 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.
Longtime MLB umpire Wendelstedt dies
Harry Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series and made a call involving Don Drysdale that became one of baseball's most disputed plays in the late 1960s, died Friday. He was 73. Wendelstedt had been diagnosed several years ago with a brain tumor.
Wendelstedt called seven NL championship series and four All-Star games, and was behind the plate for five no-hitters. He was on the major-league umpiring staff from 1966-98. His son, Hunter, is a big-league umpire and wears the same No. 21 that his father wore. The Wendelstedts worked games together in 1998 — it was Hunter's first year in the majors and Harry's last season.
On May 31, 1968, Drysdale was trying for his fifth straight shutout when San Francisco loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth inning. Drysdale threw a 2-2 pitch that struck Dick Dietz on the elbow, and the shutout streak seemed to be over. But Wendelstedt, the plate umpire, immediately ruled that Dietz didn't try to get out of the way. Wendelstedt called the pitch a ball and told Dietz to get back in the batter's box.
After a heated argument, the game resumed. On a full-count pitch, Dietz flied out and Drysdale wound up pitching a shutout.
The last word
In talking about competing for a championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year, Danica Patrick admitted Friday that she might have set her expectations at an unrealistic level:
"I definitely feel like I want to do well for so many people. I think that I gave myself maybe a little bit of false expectation about running this year for the championship. ... It's my first-ever full year, and what I've done still doesn't add up to one year, and I didn't have anything before that at all in stock cars. I think I need to remind myself every now and again of really where the expectation level should be."