Sports briefs for April 12, 2013

Posted April 12, 2013, at 6:58 p.m.
Last modified April 12, 2013, at 8:36 p.m.

Saturday’s Speedway 95 practice pushed to Sunday

HERMON — Saturday’s opening practice for stock cars at Hermon’s Speedway 95 has been postponed due to the inclement weather.

It has been pushed back to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Racing will begin on April 20 at 5 p.m.

Mariners’ Morse breaks bone in hand

Seattle outfielder Michael Morse suffered a small fracture in the little finger on his right hand and could be out for up to a week.

Morse, who is tied for the major-league lead in home runs with six, was hit on the hand by a pitch from Texas’ Tanner Scheppers in the seventh inning of the Mariners’ 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Thursday night. The pitch was ruled a swinging strike and Morse finished the at-bat. He then was hit on the shoulder by another pitch.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge estimated that the non-displaced fracture could keep Morse, hitting .293 with nine RBI in 10 games, out of action for three to seven days. Morse hopes to be able to return by Sunday.

Indians’ Carrasco suspended 8 games

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it suspended Cleveland Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for eight games and fined him an undisclosed amount after intentionally hitting Kevin Youkilis of the New York Yankees with a pitch.

Carrasco (0-1) plunked Youkilis in the fourth inning of the Yankees’ 14-1 win on Tuesday in Cleveland one pitch after giving up a two-run homer to New York’s Robinson Cano.

The Indians righthander had just completed another suspension that carried over from the 2011 season for throwing at Billy Hunter of the Kansas City Royals. Carrasco missed last season because of elbow surgery.

After hitting Youkilis on the left shoulder, Carrasco apologized and said the ball slipped. He came out of Tuesday’s game after giving up seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

On Wednesday, the Indians optioned Carrasco to triple-A Columbus.

According to MLB, Carrasco was to begin serving his suspension, pending an appeal, during Cleveland’s home game on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. If Carrasco appeals, the punishment would be delayed until the review process is completed.

SDSU’s Franklin jumps to NBA

San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin plans to hire an agent and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

The university confirmed the two-time Associated Press All-American, a highlight-reel dunker, was leaving SDSU after leading the Aztecs in scoring and rebounding the last two years.

Coach Steve Fisher noted to The Sports Xchange in February that emotional maturity might be Franklin’s only weakness, albeit one the coach felt had improved.

During Franklin’s run with the Aztecs, San Diego State earned three straight NCAA appearances, three NCAA Tournament victories — the first three in school history — three consecutive seasons of 23 wins or more and three Mountain West championships (2011 regular season, 2011 tournament, 2012 regular season).

Saint Louis removes Crews’ interim tag

After leading Saint Louis to a 28-7 record and an NCAA Tournament berth this season, Jim Crews was named the school’s head coach on Friday.

Crews had served as interim coach all season after Rick Majerus fell gravely ill and stepped down before he passed away in December.

The Billikens completed their best season in history under Crews, winning the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships and reaching the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Oregon in their first trip to the Big Dance in 12 years.

Crews, who had served as an assistant under Majerus at Saint Louis since 2011, was named national coach of the year by The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Crews, 59, was a head coach at Army and Evansville before coming to Saint Louis. He also played on Indiana’s 1976 unbeaten national championship team.

Indians bring Giambi off DL

The Cleveland Indians activated 42-year-old Jason Giambi from the disabled list on Friday.

Giambi, signed by the Indians on Feb. 9, was added to major-league roster on March 25 but then placed on the DL with a lower back strain.

The veteran is expected to play a reserve role and serve as a part-time designated hitter for the Indians.

In other moves, Cleveland recalled lefthander Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus, placed righthander Matt Albers on the paternity list and optioned righthander Corey Kluber to Columbus.

Hagadone hadn’t given up a run in two appearances for Columbus.

Knicks waive Kurt Thomas

Forward Kurt Thomas was waived by the New York Knicks, who are expected to sign 28-year-old Solomon Jones to fill the roster spot.

Thomas, 40, remains sidelined with a foot injury and is not expected to return this season. He is guaranteed the remainder of his salary. Solomon averaged 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in the Chinese Basketball Association. He has NBA experience with the Clippers and Hornets.

The Knicks aren’t certain when Marcus Camby, Amar’e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace might be available. None of the trio of big men is a guarantee for the first round of the playoffs scheduled to begin April 20.

RB Scott remains with Bengals

Running back Bernard Scott visited Oakland this week to gauge the Raiders’ interest in him but decided to stay in Cincinnati and sign a one-year deal with the Bengals on Friday.

Scott, 29, is recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in an Oct. 7 game against Miami. The Bengals brought him in on Thursday to evaluate his offseason recovery.

“My doctor says I’m ahead of schedule and I’ve had no setbacks with swelling or anything like that,” Scott said, according to Bengals.com. “I’m already back to running and cutting.”

Before Scott was injured, the Bengals used him as a speed back to complement starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The injury limited Scott to two games in his fourth year with the Bengals.

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