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Yankees GM: Mets 'abused' Feliciano

April 3, 2011

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said injured reliever Pedro Feliciano was “abused’’ by the Mets the last few years. Feliciano, on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff, made 344 relief appearances since 2007, a major league record for a four-year stretch. He led the majors in games each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 92 outings in 2010. “He was abused,’’ Cashman said. “The use pattern was abusive.’’ Still, the Yankees signed the lefthanded specialist to an $8 million, two-year contract in January that includes a club option for 2013 . . . The Cardinals decided not to put left fielder Matt Holliday on the disabled list, opting to wait a few days to see if the slugger can make a speedy return from an appendectomy performed Friday . . . A cracked cuticle was the culprit in Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez’s unusually poor performance on Opening Day.

Giants fan in medically-induced coma A savage beating by two men outside Dodgers Stadium in Thursday’s season opener has left a Giants fan hospitalized. The victim, identified by KGO radio in San Francisco and the Santa Cruz Sentinel as Bryan Stow, a 42-year-old paramedic from Santa Cruz, is in critical but stable condition in a medically-induced coma with severe head injuries. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the suspects . . . The companion of a woman who was struck in the face by a shattered bat said she had to wait about 45 minutes before Royals officials got her into an ambulance during Thursday’s season opener. Sue Cooney, 64, will require extensive surgery to repair damage to her cheek bone and eye socket.

Jets downplay lawsuit over Favre texts Two massage therapists who say the Jets blacklisted them for objecting to randy text messages from former quarterback Brett Favre are overplaying their ties to the team, the Jets say in court documents. Shannon O’Toole and Christina Scavo worked for the team on a combined total of five days over two years, team officials say. “The relationship [with the team] they seek to portray could not be further from the truth,’’ Jets lawyer Gary H. Glaser wrote in response to a lawsuit filed by the massage therapists. A court date is set for next week. Favre, now retired after spending his 20th NFL season with the Minnesota Vikings, hasn’t replied to the lawsuit.

Azarenka defeats Sharapova in final Victoria Azarenka won the Sony Ericsson Open for the second time by beating Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Azarenka also won at Key Biscayne in 2009, stopping Serena Williams. No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal will play for the men’s championship today against No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who is 23-0 this year.

N’Dam retains WBA middleweight title Hassan N’Dam successfully defended his interim World Boxing Association middleweight title with a unanimous decision over Giovanni Lorenzo in Le Cannet, France. N’Dam (26-0) caught Lorenzo with a big left hook in the third round, then had Lorenzo backing off in the fifth and sixth as Lorenzo struggled to match his tempo . . . Marco Huck retained his World Boxing Organization cruiserweight title with a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Ran Nakash in Halle Germany . . . Krzysztof Wlodarczyk retained his World Boxing Council cruiserweight title with a split decision over Francisco Palacios in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Ford, Mancuso capture super-G titles Tommy Ford and Julia Mancuso mastered the mushy snow conditions at the US championships in Winter Park, Colo., adding super-G titles to their expanding collections. Leading off the men’s competition, Ford flew down the twisty course in 1 minute and 10.10 seconds and Mancuso glided through the course in 1:13.34 . . . The NHL suspended Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda two games for elbowing forward Marcus Kruger in the head in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 win Friday . . . Jordan Hall had four goals and the Rochester Knighthawks got three goals each from Craig Point, Cory Vitarelli and Shawn Williams to defeat the host Boston Blazers, 19-8, in the National Lacrosse League . . . LSU hired Nikki Caldwell as its women’s basketball coach. Caldwell, who won a national championship as a player at Tennessee and two as an assistant with the Lady Vols, was 72-26 in three seasons at UCLA . . . Larry Finch, who coached his alma mater Memphis for 11 seasons after a brief pro basketball career, died at age 60. Obituary, B11.

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