Seaver has dementia...Harper homers again... Boston’s Pedroia on road to recovery
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia and has retired from public life. The family of the 74-year-old says Seaver will continue to work in the vineyard at his home in California. Seaver has limited his public appearances in recent years. He didn’t attend the Baseball Writers’ Association of America dinner in January when members of the New York Mets’ 1969 World Series championship team were honored.
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper homered for the second straight day in a simulated game against Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguers. Harper had an opposite-field homer to left in the first of 12 plate appearances Thursday at the team’s minor league complex. After agreeing last weekend to a record $330 million, 13-year contract, the 26-year-old Phillies outfielder is expected to make his first appearance in a spring training game Saturday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) —Boston’s Dustin Pedroia cleanly fielded a two-out grounder by Minnesota’s Jake Cave, then singled off Kohl Stewart leading off the bottom half of Boston’s 12-1 loss. The four-time All-Star and 2008 AL MVP played 1 inning. His knee problems began with a spikes-up takeout slide at second by Baltimore’s Manny Machado on April 21, 2017, and he had surgery that Oct. 25. He was limited to three games with the Red Sox last year, from May 26-29.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have re-signed Pro Bowl placekicker Aldrick Rosas. After an inconsistent rookie season, Rosas hit 32 of 33 field goal attempts and 31 of 32 extra point attempts. His .970 percentage on field goals was a franchise record and just slightly behind NFL leader Robbie Gould, who made 33 of 34 attempts. The 24-year-old Rosas also made the longest field goal in Giants’ history last season, a 57-yarder against the Bears.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Pierre Garcon will become a free agent after the San Francisco 49ers declined his contract option. The team officially cut ties with Garcon after paying him nearly $23 million out of the five-year, $47.5 million deal he signed in 2017. San Francisco did exercise contract options for 2019 on fullback Kyle Juszczyk, defensive lineman Cassius Marsh, linebacker Dekoda Watson and cornerback K’Waun Williams.