Sports briefs for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted Nov. 30, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.

Jackman school has new dugouts

JACKMAN, Maine — Forest Hills Athletic Department announced the completion of dugouts on the Varsity Softball field in Jackman.

Those working on the project were students Derick Ouellette, Ryan Petrin, Tyler Riley, Lex Walston and Claudia Winckler under the leadership of teacher Prentiss Gourde.

The Forest Hills Sports Boosters, the town of Jackman and an anonymous benefactor helped fund the project and Moose River Lumber donated materials.

Wright becomes highest-paid player in Mets’ history

David Wright, a flickering candle on a floundering team, is sticking around for what he hopes will be a Mets renaissance.

In a post-midnight deal, the Mets and Wright agreed to an eight-year, $138 million contract early Friday morning. The pact, first reported by WFAN’s Ed Coleman, makes Wright the highest-paid player in franchise history and one of the richest third basemen in the history of the sport.

More importantly – barring a trade somewhere down the line – it will make him a Met for life. The 29-year-old will try to help resurrect a franchise that has finished fourth in the National League East for four straight seasons.

Wright, a six-time All-Star, is already one of the most decorated Mets in franchise history. This past season, he set all-time team records for both hits (1,426) and RBI (818). He has 204 home runs – 48 shy of the all-time lead.

Texans defensive tackle Watt fined $30K

Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt was fined $15,750 for striking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the head/neck area in the fourth quarter of their Nov. 22 game, according to NFL.com.

No penalty was called on the play. Otherwise, it would have put Detroit in field-goal range at the 30-yard line and in position to win the game. Houston eventually won 34-31 in OT.

Braves swap starter Hanson for Angels reliever Walden

The Atlanta Braves borrowed from their starting rotation to boost their bullpen by trading Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for hard-throwing reliever Jordan Walden, the Major League Baseball teams said on Friday.

Both young pitchers have shown glimmers of greatness but slipped back last season.

Hanson, 26, who broke into the majors midway through the 2009 season and went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA last season and has struggled to regain his velocity after enduring shoulder and back discomfort during the 2011 season.

Walden, 25, who saved 32 games for the Angels in 2011 along with a 5-5 record and 2.98 ERA, lost his closer’s job last season and posted a 3-2 mark with a 3.46 earned run average out of the bullpen.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/11/30/sports/sports-briefs-for-saturday-dec-1-2012/ printed on September 30, 2014