Rays, Braves hook up for a trade

Published: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 1, 2005 at 12:56 a.m.
KISSIMMEE - Hoping to clear a logjam of utility infielders and add depth to their bullpen, the Atlanta Braves traded backup second baseman Nick Green to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday for reliever Jorge Sosa.
Sosa, 26, a right-hander, was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA with Tampa Bay this spring and is expected to assume a setup role with the Braves. As a part-time starter, Sosa was 11-26 with a 5.17 ERA for the Devil Rays during the last three seasons.
Green, 26, hit .273 with three home runs and 26 RBIs for Atlanta last season.
The Devil Rays also claimed outfielder Michael Restovich off waivers from Minnesota. He has played 61 games over the past three seasons with the Twins, hitting .274 with three homers and 11 RBIs.
  • MARLINS 3, NATIONALS 1: In Jupiter, Josh Beckett capped an outstanding spring training with another strong effort.
    ''Hopefully I can take what I learned here into the season and pitch as well there as I did here,'' the Marlins' opening day starter said.
    Beckett limited the Washington Nationals to one run over seven innings in the Marlins' 3-1 victory, lowering his ERA to 0.98. Beckett's next start will count: It's Tuesday at home against NL East rival Atlanta.
    ''I like his attitude this spring,'' manager Jack McKeon said. ''He looks like he's come in focused, he's worked very hard. I think he's on a mission to prove he can live up to all the potential.''
    Beckett, just 24, will make his third consecutive opening day start. But the 2003 World Series MVP enters his fourth full season with a 26-26 record and questions about his ability to remain healthy. But he's been outstanding during this exhibition season, allowing just three earned runs in 27 innings, striking out 24.
  • ASTROS 7, BRAVES 4: At Kissimmee, Braves opening day starter John Smoltz allowed five runs - three earned - in five innings, his first runs since returning to the starting rotation. Smoltz had gone 14 scoreless innings this spring before the Astros scored a run in the first.
  • YANKEES 2, DEVIL RAYS 1: At Tampa, Mike Mussina allowed one run and four hits in seven innings for New York, his final tuneup before his first regular-season start against Boston next Wednesday. Jason Giambi (left hamstring) and Tony Womack (left knee bruise) were back in the Yankees' lineup after sitting out the past two games.
  • TWINS 4, RED SOX (SS) 2: At Fort Myers, Johan Santana worked six strong innings against a lineup of Red Sox regulars and declared himself ready for his opening day start. Johnny Damon had three hits and Kevin Millar homered off Santana.
  • PIRATES 6, REDS 4: At Sarasota, right-hander Josh Hancock strained his groin and had to leave the game, forcing the Reds to reconsider their bullpen plans. Hancock was in line to make the 12-man staff before injuries ruined his spring.
  • DODGERS 3, METS 0: At Port St. Lucie, Derek Lowe pitched three perfect innings and Eric Gagne pitched a hitless eighth for Los Angeles. Kazuhisa Ishii made his Mets debut against his former team and looked sharp, allowing one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
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