MLB notes: Boston's John Lackey returns to mound after yearlong layoff
Fort Myers, Fla. • Boston starter John Lackey returned to the mound after missing last year, allowing one run in one inning Saturday as a split squad of Tampa Bay Rays beat the Red Sox 4-3.
Lackey had Tommy John surgery after the 2011 season. Tampa Bay loaded the bases against the right-hander with no outs before he retired three straight batters.
Lackey gave up one hit, a walk and hit a batter. He struck out one.
Rays starter Alex Colome pitched a hitless inning.
Around the majors
Marlins • Catcher Jeff Mathis broke his right collarbone in the team's spring training opener and is expected to be out six weeks. Mathis was injured in the fourth inning Saturday when he was hit by a foul ball off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday.
After Holliday walked, Mathis was replaced by Kyle Skipworth. Marlins rookie manager Mike Redmond says it's a big blow to the club because Miami doesn't have a lot of depth behind the plate.
Phillies • Philadelphia traded reliever Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league first baseman Art Charles. The 27-year-old Schwimer was 2-1 with a 4.46 ERA in 35 games for the Phillies last season. The 6-foot-8 right-hander has made 47 relief appearances in the majors.
Red Sox • The bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling during the 2004 World Series is set to be sold off a casualty of sorts of the high-profile collapse of the former Boston Red Sox pitcher's video game company. Online bidding opened several weeks ago at $25,000 and by Friday had reached $60,000. Chris Ivy, director of sports for Texas-based Heritage Auctions, says he expects the sock will fetch at least $100,000 though probably a lot more in Saturday night bidding at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.
Yankees • Captain Derek Jeter practiced on-field running and agility drills for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall.
Jeter worked out at Steinbrenner Field on Saturday with players who didn't travel for the Yankees' spring training opener against Atlanta. The 38-year-old broke his left ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 1 and had surgery a week later. He expects to be ready for opening day against Boston on April 1.
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