Sosa hits first homer since 2005

first_imgSammy Sosa hit his first home run of spring training and the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-0, on Sunday. Sosa, who has 588 career homers, drove a 1-1 pitch from Luke Hudson over the left-center fence to lead off the second inning. It was Sosa’s first home run since Aug. 4, 2005, when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Crosby takes BP Oakland Athletics shortstop Bobby Crosby faced live pitching for the first time this spring and showed no lingering effects from the back injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season. “It’s been a long time to wait but it was good,” said Crosby, the 2004 AL Rookie of the Year. “I was antsy coming into spring but I didn’t want to rush it. When you rush it, you hurt it.” Crosby missed 63 games in 2006 with a stress fracture in his back and other injuries. Glavine returns Sosa did not play last season and signed a minor league contract with the Rangers during the offseason. “It was good to get the first one out of the way,” Sosa said. “That was huge for me. Everyone wanted me to do that.” center_img New York Mets pitcher Tom Glavine was expected to return to camp today after missing a couple of days for personal reasons. Mets general manager Omar Minaya said the lefty’s absence wasn’t related to a medical condition. “He’s staying on schedule,” Minaya said Sunday before the Mets played Baltimore. Glavine is set to start Tuesday against Houston. Short hops Kansas City Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list. Grudzielanek has a medial meniscus cartilage tear. Grudzielanek said he first experienced knee pain Friday night and reported it to the training staff Saturday. An MRI exam on Sunday discovered the tear. Barry Bonds missed the San Francisco Giants’ spring training workouts Sunday for the second straight day because of the flu. Bonds wasn’t in the Giants’ lineup for a home exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners after coming down with the same bug that has affected much of the Giants’ roster in the last two weeks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more