Neftali Feliz will be shut down for at least a month because of inflammation in his right elbow, the Rangers said Monday while putting their closer-turned-starter on the 15-day disabled list. Just how long Feliz will be out will be determined when the Rangers see how a ligament in his elbow responds to four weeks without picking up a baseball. He will then be re-examined by Dr. Keith Meister. It is the latest Texas has gone into a season before making its first roster move. The 24-year-old is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA. He walked five and threw 51 balls among 100 pitches in Friday’s 4-1 win over Houston . . . Lance Berkman of the Cardinals will be sidelined at least six to eight weeks with an injured right knee. The team said that Berkman will have an arthroscopic procedure later this week . . . Angels outfielder Vernon Wells will undergo right thumb surgery Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined eight to 10 weeks. Wells was hurt stealing second base in Sunday’s 3-2 loss at San Diego . . . Padres starter Cory Luebke said he’ll have reconstructive surgery on his left elbow.
Chapman promoted, arrested same day
Cincinnati lefthander Aroldis Chapman was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license early in the morning in central Ohio, only hours after he got his first save of the season in New York. Manager Dusty Baker said before Monday night’s game that Chapman would be seeing more save chances in the wake of closer Ryan Madson’s season-ending injury. Chapman hasn’t allowed an earned run in 22 1/3 innings this season and has struck out 39 . . . Thanks to interleague play, which began Friday, MLB drew 1,652,935 fans for 45 games over the weekend. That was the most since a weekend in late July 2009 drew 1,684,095 for 46 games . . . Tony Gwynn’s agent said the Hall of Famer is joining movie producer Thomas Tull in an attempt to buy the San Diego Padres. Gwynn said his role with Tull’s group hasn’t been defined yet, beyond offering advice. Gwynn, currently coaching baseball at his alma mater, San Diego State, played for the Padres his entire 20-season big league career . . . Tampa Bay acquired infielder Drew Sutton from Pittsburgh, just one day after the Pirates traded for him from Atlanta . . . A minor fender bender in a Dodger Stadium parking lot over the weekend led to the beating of a driver and the arrest of four people, police said. Sunday’s attack happened more than a year after San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was left with brain damage after an attack on opening day. The victim, whose name was not released, had scrapes and cuts to his face, but his injuries were not life-threatening. A woman in the victim’s car who is eight months pregnant was not hurt. The four men, all in their 20s, were released after posting bail, $30,000 each.
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Nadal tops Djokovic in Italian Open
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Rafael Nadal beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic, 7-5, 6-3, to win his record sixth Italian Open title in a rain-delayed final. Djokovic had 41 unforced errors, including a double-fault on the last point to give Nadal his 49th career title and his 35th on clay. Nadal won the Italian Open for the third time in four years, his streak interrupted last year by Djokovic. Nadal moved back to No. 2 in the rankings, ahead of Roger Federer . . . Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling will miss the French Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics while he recovers from mononucleosis. Tenth-ranked Mardy Fish (fatigue) and women’s No. 16 Andrea Petkovic (ankle) are among several who pulled out of the French Open.
No delay granted in Sandusky trial
Colleges The June child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be delayed, Judge John Cleland ruled. The one-sentence order did not explain his reasons, but it means the case will very likely begin with jury selection inside a central Pennsylvania courthouse June 5, with jurors chosen from the State College area. Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola had asked for the delay on May 9, arguing that he needed more time to find and interview witnesses, and that pending criminal charges against two Penn State administrators made them unavailable as witnesses . . . The wife of fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine filed a libel lawsuit against ESPN, saying the network ruined her life by broadcasting salacious reports that she knew her husband abused two former Syracuse ball boys and that she had sex with one of the boys. Laurie Fine announced the suit at a press conference last week. Josh Krulewitz, a spokesman for ESPN, said the lawsuit is without merit and the network stands by its reporting . . . Former West Virginia football coach Bill Stewart, who was hailed as Rich Rodriguez’s successor but wound up leaving the school in a messy split, died of what athletic department officials said was an apparent heart attack. He was 59.
Injured Kim to sit out FedEx Cup season
Anthony Kim will miss the rest of the FedEx Cup season to treat chronic tendinitis in his left arm. Kim has made only two cuts this year and has withdrawn from his last three tournaments. Along with nagging pain in his left forearm, Kim hurt his right elbow when his club struck a rock while he was trying to hit out of a bush at the Texas Open. Kim hopes to return after the Ryder Cup for the Fall Series . . . Tiger Woods insisted he is close to contending on a weekly basis, even if recent results suggest otherwise. “I think I’m headed in the right direction,’’ Woods said at Bethesda, Md. . . . In Plano, Texas, James Driscoll of Brookline survived a four-way playoff for the final three spots in the qualifier for the British Open . . . The Buffalo Sabres signed Alexander Sulzer to a one-year contract, allowing the defenseman to avoid free agency this summer . . . Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Nick Diaz is being fined $79,500 and is banned from fighting until next February for testing positive for marijuana use following a fight in Las Vegas.