A-Rod lines single, walks in return

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez walked from the batter's box to home plate in the bottom of the first inning, eye black smeared across his face, and said hello to Philadelphia catcher Tommy Joseph, who was just 1 when A-Rod was taken first in the 1993 amateur draft. Then he turned his head and greeted umpire Marty Foster.

"I told Marty and Tommy to take it easy on the old man," Rodriguez explained. "It's been a couple of years since I've been in the box."

Rodriguez lined a single to left field in his return to the New York Yankees' lineup after an absence of 524 days. He went 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, another step forward as he tries to resume his drug-scarred career.

Allen won't play this season, maybe next

MIAMI (AP) Ray Allen might return to the NBA - just not this season.

The league's all-time leading 3-point shooter who played for two NBA championship clubs announced Wednesday that he decided not to sign with any franchise for the remainder of this season, although he left the door open for a possible return in 2015-16. (MORE)

Report: Mets' Murphy opposes gay living

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the "lifestyle" of people who are gay.

The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB's first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. Murphy spoke to NJ Advance Media afterward. (MORE)

Cowboys re-sign RFA WR Beasley

IRVING, Texas (AP) The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo.

Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014. (MORE)

Bills to acquire QB Cassel from Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills agreed on a trade Wednesday that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and give the Vikings extra draft picks.

The Bills are sending two undisclosed draft choices to the Vikings and getting one undisclosed pick in the deal announced six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. (MORE)

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