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    Friday, March 01, 2024

    Baseball notes: Mets’ Nimmo injured

    FILE - New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo bats during the second baseball game of the team's doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, Aug. 20, 2022, in Philadelphia. Nimmo is staying with the free-spending Mets, agreeing to a $162 million, eight-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement is subject to a successful physical and no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

    Mets’ Nimmo strains knee

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo has a strained knee and ankle and will be re-evaluated on a week-to-week basis, general manager Billy Eppler told reporters on Saturday.

    Nimmo was trying to break up a double play at second base on Friday but slid awkwardly into the bag. He stayed down for a few moments before limping off the field with medical personnel.

    It's been a tough injury week for the Mets. Closer Edwin Díaz suffered a torn patellar tendon and is expected to miss the entire season after hurting his right knee while celebrating Puerto Rico's victory over the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

    Romo to retire with Giants

    Sergio Romo will retire as a member of the San Francisco Giants after helping the franchise win three World Series titles.

    The 2013 All-Star was an integral part of the team's bullpen from 2008 to 2016; the Giants won titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also pitched for the Twins, Athletics, Rays, Dodgers, Mariners, Marlins and Blue Jays.

    Romo signed a minor league deal with an invite to big-league spring training. He'll officially retire during San Francisco's final exhibition game on March 27 when the Giants host the A's at Oracle Park.

    "The relationship that Giants fans have with their players is unique – few exemplify that bond more than Sergio," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in a statement Saturday. "After all that he accomplished as a Giant from 2008 to 2016, including his huge contributions to the championship teams, it's a thrill to have him back in a San Francisco uniform."

    Romo is one of the most accomplished relievers in franchise history. His 515 games pitched with the team rank fifth all-time, while his 84 saves rank seventh.

    Romo's 27 postseason games pitched are also the most in franchise history. He struck out Miguel Cabrera to clinch the Giants' sweep of the Tigers in the 2012 World Series.

    Romo had a 42-36 record, a 3.21 ERA, 137 saves, 789 strikeouts in 15 big-league seasons.

    Urías leads Mexico into WBC semis

    Luis Urías hit the go-ahead single in a three-run seventh inning that fueled Mexico's 5-4 comeback victory over Puerto Rico on Friday night to advance to its first-ever World Baseball Classic semifinals.

    Mexico will face Shohei Ohtani and Japan in the semifinals Monday. Puerto Rico failed to make it past the second round for the first time.

    "What a game. I don't have a cap with me but if I did, I'd tip it to Puerto Rico," Mexico manager Benji Gil said. "We fought until the end. Thank God, we managed to come out with a victory against a great team."

    Isaac Paredes, who homered earlier, tied it at 4 with a single off losing pitcher Alexis Díaz that drove in Austin Barnes and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena.

    Puerto Rico tried to rally in the ninth with singles from Christian Vazquez and Francisco Lindor, but reliever Giovanny Gallegos got out of the jam for the save.

    Arozarena saved the potential tying run in the eighth when he made a leaping catch at the wall in left center.

    "We know what kind of player Randy is. He's a great player. He killed us," Puerto Rico manager Yadier Molina said. "We couldn't score. But they played very well. We started very strong, but then the Mexican pitching made some adjustments and kept us in zeros."

    Puerto Rico was coming off an emotional quarterfinals-clinching victory over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, when New York Mets star closer Edwin Díaz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee while celebrating the win. The sellout crowd of 35,817 at loanDepot park in Miami cheered when Diaz's jersey appeared on the Jumbotron.

    Javier Baez and Eddie Rosario homered off Mexico starter Julio Urías in a four-run first inning.

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