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BoSox's Wright banned 15 games for abuse

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NEW YORK (AP) Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright has accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy following his arrest on Dec. 8.

Wright publicly apologized to his wife, Shannon, after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Friday.

"I deeply regret my actions that night," he said in statement issued through the Major League Baseball Players Association. "I fully cooperated with MLB's investigators and re-iterated to them that I did not make physical contact with my wife. The legal case that was retired supports that claim. But I accept full responsibility for what happened and have taken steps, including counseling sessions, to help me become a better husband."


Yankees consider using Judge to lead off

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees slugger Aaron Judge could be used at times as a leadoff hitter this season.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was at the top of the lineup and went 1 for 4 in a 5-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday.


Marlins founder Huizenga dies at 80

MIAMI (AP) H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80.

Huizenga (HY'-zing-ah) died Thursday night at his home, said Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant. The cause was cancer, said Bob Henninger, executive vice president of Huizenga Holdings.


Bumgarner exits after hand hit by liner

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner exited his spring training start in the third inning Friday after taking a line drive off his pitching hand.

The comebacker was hit by Kansas City's Whit Merrifield. The Giants had no immediate updates on Bumgarner's condition.


No ban for Twins' Sano for assault claim

NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not be suspended by Major League Baseball after being accused of assault.

The commissioner's office said in a statement on Friday "there was insufficient evidence to support a disciplinary determination against Sano, due to conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts and the absence of contemporaneous substantiation."


Ex-star Jack Clark files for bankruptcy

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Clark, who hit 340 home runs over an 18-year major league career, has filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time.

Clark and his wife, Angela, filed a voluntary petition March 6 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in St. Louis. Clark's attorney, Al Watkins, said Friday they owe more than $550,000 and have a combined annual income of about $120,000.


Giants' Samardzija may be headed to DL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija reportedly has a strained pectoral muscle that will shut him down for at least a week and likely force him to start the season on the disabled list.

Manager Bruce Bochy told reporters on Thursday that an MRI confirmed the diagnosis of an issue that has been bothering Samardzija all spring.


Arizona OF Souza likely to start on DL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says outfielder Steven Souza Jr. likely will open the season on the disabled list after straining his right pectoral muscle while diving for a baseball in a spring training game Wednesday night.

Lovullo says Souza will be out "a couple of weeks at least."


OF Davis on Indians' opening-day roster

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Rajai Davis made it all the way back with the Cleveland Indians. Mike Napoli remains on the outside.

Davis, who hit perhaps the most memorable home run in club history during the 2016 World Series, was told Thursday by manager Terry Francona that he will be on Cleveland's opening-day roster. The 37-year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract with the club last month.

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