Red Sox trade for Miley
One day after acquiring a pair of starting pitchers, the Boston Red Sox picked up a third, rebuilding their starting rotation this offseason almost as quickly as they took it apart during the summer.
Hours after trading for Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello on Thursday, Boston signed righty Justin Masterson as a free agent. On Friday, the Red Sox acquired lefty Wade Miley from Arizona for right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and infielder Raymel Flores.
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An All-Star in 2012, Miley was the Diamondbacks’ opening-day starter last season and went on to lead the team with 183 strikeouts and 2011/3 innings pitched while posting an 8-12 record and 4.34 earned-run average. In four major-league seasons, the 28-year-old Miley is 38-35 with a 3.79 ERA.
“We’re in a position where everyone knows we need to add quality starting pitching,” general manager Ben Cherington said. “We’ve been able to acquire the three starters we have this week while really being able to maintain the top end of our young pitching.”
Masterson, Porcello and Miley are expected to join holdover Clay Buchholz and one of the young arms — perhaps Anthony Ranaudo or Brandon Workman — in the rotation.
Day-Tringale duo leads
Jason Day and Cameron Tringale shot an 8-under-par 64 in modified alternate-shot play to increase their lead to three strokes in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla.
Day and Tringale had a 25-under 119 total at Tiburon Golf Club after opening with a 17-under 55 on Thursday in the scramble round.
Graeme McDowell and Gary Woodland were second after a 63.
Scott poses a threat
Australians Scott Strange and Wade Ormsby shared the second-round lead in the Australian PGA, with defending champ Adam Scott two strokes behind in Gold Coast.
Feng builds 5-shot lead
Shanshan Feng of China shot a 6-under 66 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of Ladies European Tour’s season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters.
The fifth-ranked Feng, the LPGA Malaysia winner in October, had a 17-under 199 total on Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis Course. She won the event in 2012.
England’s Melissa Reid (65) was in second place.
Megafight might be on
Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is ready to fight Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a long-anticipated bout that might be the richest of all time.
Mayweather (47-0) called for negotiations for the fight to take place, though he has warned Pacquiao (57-5-2) not to expect to get anywhere near the money he himself would make.
Virginia, UCLA advance
Darius Madison scored in the fifth minute, and Virginia beat Maryland-Baltimore County 1-0 in Cary, N.C., to reach Sunday’s NCAA College Cup final. The Cavaliers (13-6-3), seeking their sixth national title, will play UCLA, a 3-2 winner over Providence in two overtimes.
Judge imposes limits
Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the former New England Patriots tight end is charged or the final text messages the victim sent to his sister, a judge ruled.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. He has also pleaded not guilty to the fatal shootings of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub.
But Judge E. Susan Garsh, after hearing arguments, said there was no demonstrated link between the two cases and disallowed the introduction of the 2012 slayings.
Jury selection is scheduled to start Jan. 9 in Fall River, Mass.
• Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby sat out Friday’s 3-1 victory over Calgary and will miss Saturday’s game at Columbus as a precaution, though general manager Jim Rutherford said it does not appear the two-time NHL most valuable player is dealing with the mumps.
Multiple players on multiple NHL teams have come down with the mumps.
• Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan took the first step toward successfully defending his title at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final after he earned the highest score for the short program despite a fall in Barcelona, Spain.
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