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Notes: Orioles’ Wilson Betemit gone for 6-8 weeks

Orioles’ Wilson Betemit tumbles after tearing a right knee ligament during Monday’s game.
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Orioles’ Wilson Betemit tumbles after tearing a right knee ligament during Monday’s game.

Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit estimated Tuesday at the team’s camp in Sarasota, Fla., that he'll be out 6-8 weeks because of a tear in his right knee.

Betemit was hurt in Monday’s game against the Red Sox while running the bases and had an MRI. He was diagnosed with a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament but won’t need surgery.

The 31-year-old hit .261 with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs last season with Baltimore.

Jeter resigned to DL stay


Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said he is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list. Jeter is getting treatment for his sore left ankle, on which he had surgery last October.

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‘‘Of course, it’s disappointing,’’ Jeter said in Tampa. ‘‘I told you guys all along the goal was to be ready on Opening Day, and I didn’t reach it.” Jeter still could be activated as soon as April 6.

The Yankees finalized their trade for Vernon Wells, sending two minor leaguers to the Angels: outfielder Exircado Cayones and lefthander Kramer Sneed. LA will pay $28.1 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the last two seasons of the $126 million, seven-year deal he signed with Toronto.

Also, the Yankees signed first baseman Lyle Overbay, who was released by the Red Sox, to a minor league contract. With Mark Teixeira (wrist) out until June, manager Joe Girardi said Overbay, 36, is “going to get a chance to show us what he can do.”

Jays demote Romero

The Blue Jays optioned lefthander Ricky Romero, their Opening Day starter a year ago, to Single A Dunedin. The 28-year-old struggled this spring, although the club had said he would open the season as its fifth starter until his unimpressive performance in Tuesday’s 6-3 win against the Pirates. Lefthander J.A. Happ will be the No. 5 starter . . . Braves reliever Jonny Venters was removed in the sixth inning against the Tigers at Lakeland, Fla., because of a sprained left elbow . . . Veteran righthander Aaron Cook was released by the Phillies . . . Derek Lowe has earned a job in the Rangers bullpen. The 39-year-old ex-Red Sox righthander will be a long reliever and spot starter . . . The Mets said righthander Shaun Marcum (neck) could miss the start of the regular season . . . Lefthander John Danks was put on the 15-day DL by the White Sox as he recovers from capsule surgery last August . . . Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter’s job in the Tigers’ rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen . . . The Dodgers sent outfielder Yasiel Puig to Double A. The 22-year-old Cuban leads the major leagues with a .526 average this spring.