Phillies’ Ruiz is suspended 25 games
Philadelphia’s All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine. The 33-year-old had a career year in 2012, hitting .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 114 games. ‘‘I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,’’ Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. This had to be Ruiz’s second positive test for a stimulant. An initial positive for a stimulant does not trigger a suspension, only that the player must undergo follow-up testing. Erik Kratz will likely begin the 2013 season as Philadelphia’s starting catcher while Ruiz serves his suspension. Kratz, a career minor leaguer, filled in nicely when he finally got a chance after Ruiz went down with a foot injury . . . Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa are set to show up on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time when the ballot is announced Wednesday . . . The Athletics players have decided to donate one full playoff share to eight local and national charitable efforts, a total of $34,325.16. Reliever Jerry Blevins, the team’s player representative, informed the front office that he and his teammates voted to donate one playoff share to charities . . . The Texas Rangers’ post-bankruptcy plan administrator and the team’s former owner settled a lawsuit over money generated from stadium parking lots. A court document filed Monday notes the settlement of the suit filed by administrator Alan Jacobs against Tom Hicks. Jacobs had accused Hicks of improperly taking millions of dollars from parking lots he controls at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and nearby Cowboys Stadium.
Report: Pettitte, Yankees close on deal
A person familiar with the negotiations said Andy Pettitte and the Yankees are nearing agreement on a one-year contract in the range of $10 million to $12 million. Pettitte, who turns 41 in June, retired after the 2010 season, then decided to come back in 2012 and signed a contract for a guaranteed $2.5 million. He went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts, missing nearly three months with a broken left leg after he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland’s Casey Kotchman on June 27. New York also is negotiating a deal with closer Mariano Rivera, who turns 43 Thursday . . . The Cubs and pitcher Scott Feldman agreed to a one-year contract, the team said. Feldman, the former Rangers pitcher, is guaranteed $6 million next season and can earn another $1 million in incentives. The 29-year-old righthander was 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over eight years, going 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA in 29 appearances (21 starts) last season. Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said the Cubs see him as part of the rotation . . . Toronto righthanded reliever Casey Janssen had surgery on his throwing shoulder and is expected to be ready for spring training. The team said Janssen had the procedure Friday in Los Angeles to repair lingering joint soreness. Janssen converted 22 of 25 save opportunities while posting a 2.54 ERA.
Anchored putter likely to be banned
Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley said they won’t be happy if golf makes it illegal to use a putter anchored to the body. But they won’t fight it. The US Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club have a press conference Wednesday at which they are expected to announce their decision on whether long putters and belly putters will be allowed. All indications point toward a ban on such putters. At question is not the putter itself, but whether it can be attached to the body. Three of the last five major champions have used belly putters — Bradley, Simpson, and Ernie Els. A change wouldn’t take place until 2016.
Woods will not join European Tour
Tiger Woods said he won’t be joining the European Tour. Woods had floated the possibility while in Turkey last month, especially now that the tour would count the Ryder Cup toward the minimum requirement of 13 events for membership. When asked about it Tuesday, Woods said, ‘‘I’m not going to play the European Tour next year.’’ He says even adding a few extra tournaments would be too much for him.
Chelsea regrets incident with referee
Chelsea expressed ‘‘regret’’ but stopped short of apologizing to Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg after accusing him of racism in a case that was later dropped by the authorities. The European champions also stressed that they would have no problem with Clattenburg refereeing its matches again. Clattenburg was accused by Chelsea midfielder Ramires of saying ‘‘shut up you monkey’’ to teammate John Obi Mikel during an Oct. 28 Premier League match against Manchester United, but the English Football Association found that the referee had no case to answer . . . . Chelsea now concedes that it was wrong to publicly allege that Clattenburg used ‘‘inappropriate language’’ in a statement issued within two hours of the match finishing . . . Frank Yallop of the San Jose Earthquakes was honored as Major League Soccer’s coach of the year, and the Seattle Sounders’ Eddie Johnson was comeback player of the year . . . D.C. United president and CEO Kevin Payne is leaving the Major League Soccer club after more than 15 years . With Payne, United’s top executive since the club began play in 1996, United won MLS championships in 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2004 . . . US national champ Ashley Wagner and two-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada are among the skaters who have qualified for the Grand Prix finals. The finals are Dec. 6-9 in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White made the dance finals . . . The Memphis Grizzlies sent rookie guard Tony Wroten to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. Wroten was the 25th pick in the June draft.