Around the Nation (March 2): Chris Perez hopes to be back for Indians' opener

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BASEBALL

Closer Perez hopes to be back for Indians by Opening Day

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Cleveland All-Star closer Chris Perez hopes to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the Indians' April 2 opener at Toronto.

Perez was diagnosed Friday with a strained muscle in his right shoulder, an injury that could sideline him for a month.

Perez pitched an inning Tuesday during a 4-1 loss to Kansas City and felt pain in the shoulder Thursday. The right-hander said the injury is not as serious as the strain he suffered last spring to a muscle on his left side in his first bullpen session on Feb 23.

Angels renew Trout's contract for $510K

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Angels have renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000, which is $20,000 above the major league minimum.

Trout had a $482,500 salary last year, when he finished second to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in AL MVP voting. Trout hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBI, and led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals.

He also earned a $10,000 bonus for winning Rookie of the Year.

Trout has 1 year, 70 days of major league service and is not likely to be eligible for arbitration until after the 2014 season. Teams can renew the contracts of unsigned players on their 40-man rosters from March 2-11.

Los Angeles also agreed to one-year deals with 21 players.

Louisville keeps KSU baseball team reeling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kent State (1-9) kept things close for most of the game at Louisville (9-1) on Saturday , but mistakes in the last three innings allowed the Cardinals to escape with a 10-3 win.

The Golden Flashes were only able to produce three runs in the game, despite averaging more than ten hits through the first nine games of the season. They also allowed five walks and hit two batters, and the Cardinals successfully stole six bases.

"We just couldn't keep them down," Kent State head coach Scott Stricklin said of Louisville. "They are a good offensive team and if you give them free chances, they're going to take advantage of it."

Louisville got on the board early for the second day in a row, scoring three runs in the first. However, The Flashes answered back with two runs in the third. T.J. Sutton singled and Derek Toadvine walked before both came in to score on a two-run double by Evan Campbell to make it 3-2.

The game remained close until the sixth inning when things began to go downhill for Kent State. Louisville plated three runs in the sixth, all of which were unearned, and then added two more runs in each of the next two innings.

BASKETBALL

Parker out a month with ankle sprain

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will be out for about a month with a left ankle sprain.

Parker, the team's leading assist man, injured the ankle in the third period of Friday night's win over the Sacramento Kings.

The team announced Saturday afternoon that an MRI showed Parker had a Grade 2 left ankle sprain, and will be out for "approximately four weeks."

The 30-year-old Parker closed out February averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 assists and had shot 54 percent from the field.

On Friday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker was "playing better than any other point guard in the league" this year, and that the team would miss him.

Juwan Howard signs 10-day with Heat

Juwan Howard has signed a 10-day contract to return to the Miami Heat.

The 40-year-old Howard will be entering his 19th NBA season, the past two were spent with Miami. The Heat elected not to sign Howard before this season's training camp, though as far back as September, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said the reigning NBA champions would consider bringing the veteran forward back at some point.

With an open roster spot, and with the team about to enter a stretch where it will play 17 times in 29 days, the Heat decided that Saturday was the right time to bring him back.

Howard had said that if he played this season, he would only want to do so with Miami.

GOLF

Guthrie, Thompson tied for Honda lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson survived a tough day and shared the lead going into the final round of the Honda Classic.

Guthrie had a 1-over 71, which was no disgrace on a windy, cool Saturday at PGA National in which none of the last 20 players to tee off broke par. Thompson had a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18th hole for a 70 to join Guthrie at 8-under 202.

Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy both rallied for a 70 and were two shots behind.

Tiger Woods was 3 under through eight holes but had to settle for a 70 after he couldn't find a plugged ball in the bank, and making double bogey on the 17th. He was eight shots behind.

AUTO RACING

Patrick ready to move on after Daytona

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Danica Patrick's experience at the Indianapolis 500 helped her handle the frenzy that came with the Daytona 500.

Already one of the most popular drivers in auto racing, Patrick became the center of attention last weekend at Daytona, where she became the first woman to win a Sprint Cup pole and the first to lead green-flag laps.

The accomplishments sent Danicamania into high gear, her face appearing all over the news, everyone watching her every move, even the daughters of fellow drivers asking to meet her.

Patrick handled the attention well and was good on the track, too, finishing eighth after leading five laps.

Now she's ready to move on to the rest of the season, starting this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.

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