Boof Bonser threw a scoreless inning in his first spring training start in two years, striking out two batters and picking up the win, and the Boston Red Sox beat Boston College in the second game of an exhibition doubleheader.
The Red Sox won the first game 15-0 over Northeastern University.
Bonser, acquired in a December trade with Minnesota, had surgery in February 2009 to repair partial tears to the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. His only appearance last season came with a one-inning rehab appearance for Single-A Fort Myers.
"It went great," Bonser said of his first outing with the Red Sox. "I'm glad it's over. My first spring training game in pretty much what two years. People say that, hey, it's a college team. Well, to me a college team wants to beat your brains in more than the regular team does. So like I said. I'm glad it's over."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona was please with Bonser's performance.
"Looking at a guy who had the problems he's had physically, and then to look at the clean arm action, I think is phenomenal," Francona said. "It really jumps out at you. That was really an encouraging inning. Just to watch him go through his delivery and watch the ball come out of his hand like that, we were really encouraged."
The Sox took an early 2-0 lead before Jose Iglesias hit a three-run double in the fourth. Ryan Kalish added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Spenser Payne hit a run-scoring single for BC in the fifth.
David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, and top prospect Casey Kelly made his spring training debut with a scoreless first inning against Northeastern.
Pro baseball: MLB licenser settles card maker lawsuit
Major League Baseball's licensing wing has settled a lawsuit it filed against a baseball card maker for allegedly stealing trademarks.Major League Baseball said that The Upper Deck Co. Inc. had settled the trademark lawsuit by agreeing to pay its licensing wing more than $2.4 million on sales of unlicensed cards in 2009.
Upper Deck also agreed to pay MLB licensing agent Major League Baseball Properties an undisclosed sum for sales in 2010.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan had alleged that Upper Deck sold baseball cards featuring professional baseball players even though the company was no longer licensed to show MLB trademarks.
Pro football: Raiders tender contracts to seven free agents
The Oakland Raiders have tendered contracts to quarterback Bruce Gradkowski and six other restricted free agents.
Gradkowski got a second-round tender. That means he will get at least $1.759 million if he makes the team next season. The Raiders also have the right to match any offer sheet he signs with another team or receive a second-round pick as compensation.
Pro basketball: Jazz pick up D-League guard
Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor says the team will sign Othyus Jeffers of the NBA Development League's Iowa Energy to a 10-day contract once he passes a physical.
Utah has been one below the NBA minimum with 12 players since trading shooting guard Ronnie Brewer to Memphis just before the deadline last month.
Jeffers has been averaging 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists with the Energy.
Pro hockey: Lightning sale finalized
The sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Boston Red Sox minority owner Jeff Vinik is complete. The NHL's Board of Governors gave unanimous approval to the deal. Vinik agreed to buy the team, the company that operates the St. Pete Times Forum, and more than five acres of land adjacent to the downtown arena on Feb. 4.
Financial terms were not disclosed. The Boston financier reportedly paid about $110 million cash — substantially less than the $206 million a group led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie paid for the franchise in June 2008.
Golf: Woods' caddie angry with Tiger
Tiger Woods' caddie said he knew nothing about the golfer's extramarital affairs and was angry with him over the scandal.
Steve Williams told TV3's "60 Minutes" program that he also is bitter at the reaction toward him from the media and members of the public.
"It's been the most difficult time of my life, no two ways about it, because every single person believed that I should know or did know or had something to do with it," Williams said. "I knew nothing, that's my answer. I don't have to clarify or extend that answer, I knew nothing."
College football: Coach proud of players accused of newspaper theft
A college football coach in Texas is backing players accused of removing every copy of a student newspaper from racks around campus because of a front-page article about teammates being arrested on drug charges, according to a police report.
The incident happened at Division II Texas A&M-Commerce.
The coach is Guy Morriss, who also coached at Kentucky and Baylor and played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Patriots and Eagles.
"I'm proud of my players for doing that," Morriss said, according to an incident report. "This was the best team building exercise we have ever done."
No one has been arrested over the removal of 2,000 copies of The East Texan on Feb. 25.
Editor James Bright estimated the loss at about $1,100.