Baseball: Ex-teammate Ubaldo Jimenez hits Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki with pitch
Scottsdale, Ariz. • Cleveland pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez nailed former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow Sunday, carrying their feud onto the field and causing the Indians and Colorado Rockies to clear the benches.
Tulowitzki left the exhibition game after being hit in the left elbow by Jimenez's first pitch. The Rockies star was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were negative.
Jimenez sprang off the mound after hitting Tulowitzki in the first inning. Tulowitzki took a step toward Jimenez and said something to him, prompting the pitcher to say "Come on!" and motion at the All-Star shortstop.
Jimenez and Tulowitzki jawed near the plate, but were held back from getting at each other. The benches emptied, but there were no punches or ejections.
Jimenez recently told The Denver Post that he was upset he didn't receive a contract extension while Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez got new deals. Jimenez was traded by Colorado to the Indians last summer.
Tulowitzki was quoted in the same story as basically saying Jimenez needs to get over his frustration and get on with his career.
Around the horn
Mets • Left-hander Johan Santana, who is returning from shoulder surgery performed nearly 19 months ago, start New York's season opener Thursday against Atlanta, Mets manager Terry Collins announced on Sunday.
Red Sox • Manager Bobby Valentine said Sunday that Felix Doubront and Daniel Bard will fill out Boston's rotation. The left-handed Doubront will take the fourth spot and the right-handed Bard will be the fifth starter. Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz already had places in the rotation.
Tigers • Detroit picked 22-year-old Drew Smyly as the fifth starter for its rotation. Smyly has yet to pitch above Double-A.
Reds-Braves • Cincinnati traded backup third baseman Juan Francisco to Atlanta for minor league right-hander J.J. Hoover on Sunday.
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