SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jason Washburn tied a career high with 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Utah defeated Arizona State 60-55 last night. The victory avenged a 55-54 overtime loss in Tempe on Jan. 2. Washburn had 19 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks in the first game. His reverse layup put Utah ahead 54-53 late, then two free throws with 25 seconds remaining helped seal the victory. Carrick Felix led ASU with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jahii (jah-HEE') Carson added 12 points for the Sun Devils.
PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun was not in the clubhouse yesterday when the Milwaukee Brewers officially opened spring training with pitchers and catchers reporting. While several position players checked in, including first baseman Corey Hart on crutches, the Brewers' first full-squad workout is not until Saturday. Braun is expected to report tomorrow. When Braun does arrive, for the second straight spring training he will be asked about his name linked to performance enhancing drugs.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah) has officially joined the revitalized Cleveland Indians. The Japanese right-hander, limited to just 18 starts the past two seasons because of elbow issues, signed a minor-league contract Wednesday. The 32-year-old is being reunited with manager Terry Francona, beginning his first season with the Indians. The two spent several seasons together with the Boston Red Sox. Matsuzaka will compete to win a spot in Cleveland's rotation.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura says he turned down a one-year contract extension in October, wanting to concentrate on the two years remaining on his deal. Ventura said yesterday that he will re-visit his future when his contract is up. He downplayed any suggestion that he doesn't want to be a long-term manager. General manager Rick Hahn says Ventura simply wants to make sure he is "the right guy" when the time comes to discuss a new deal.