OAKLAND, Calif. Jon Lester's father has a highly treatable form of cancer, the Boston Red Sox left-hander and lymphoma survivor said in an interview with ESPN.
"It's very different than mine," Lester told the network, which aired the interview Sunday before Boston's first trip of the season to Lester's native Seattle area.
"His is slow growing," Lester said of his father, John. "His is something that he's going to die with, not die from."
AILING UMP: The Philadelphia-Houston game was delayed on Sunday when plate umpire Jerry Crawford was accidentally struck in the head by Carlos Lee's bat. He was taken to a hospital for tests but didn't need stitches and was back at the ballpark before the game ended with an ice pack on his head.
INJURED INDIAN: Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona is expected to be sidelined four weeks with a strained left hip. An MRI exam revealed a moderate strain of an exterior muscle in Carmona's left hip
SOLID REHAB START: Clay Buchholz pitched four-plus innings Sunday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket. On the disabled list because of a torn nail on his middle finger, Buchholz allowed one run and three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
ACC HOSTING FOUR: Top-ranked North Carolina, the two-time College World Series runner-up, was one of four Atlantic Coast Conference schools selected Sunday as regional hosts for the NCAA tournament. The Tar Heels, who lost to Oregon State in the championship game in Omaha the past two years, joined conference champion Miami, Florida State and North Carolina State as ACC hosts. Each of the 16 host schools are guaranteed berths in the 64-team tournament, which starts Friday.
COSTS RISING: The cost of replacing two Bronx parks torn down to make way for the new Yankee Stadium has nearly doubled from $95.5 million to $174 million. Meanwhile, the opening dates for several of the eight new parks have been postponed by as much as two years, according to city documents cited in Sunday editions of The New York Times. The Yankees' new stadium is scheduled to open next year. It is being built next to the old stadium on land that was Macombs Dam Park and part of John Mullaly Park. The Yankees are financing the $1.3 billion stadium, while the city is paying for eight new parks to replace the lost parkland.