MLB notes: Red Sox get "other Chris Carpenter"

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Prospect Chris Carpenter -- not to be confused with St. Louis Cardinals veteran Chris Carpenter, or former major-leaguer Cris Carpenter -- was sent Tuesday to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for the Chicago Cubs hiring general manager Theo Epstein.

The clubs also will swap two players to be named.

Epstein left the Red Sox as general manager at the end of the 2011 season with one year remaining on his contract to become president of baseball operations with the Cubs.

Carpenter, 26, is a right-handed pitcher -- just like the other two Carpenters -- who pitched in 10 games out of the Cubs bullpen last year with a 2.79 earned-run average.

Carpenter also made 32 relief appearances in double-A and triple-A last year, going 3-4 with two saves and a 5.91 ERA.

Boston placed right-handed reliever Bobby Jenks, who is recovering from back surgery, on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Carpenter on the roster.

As for his namesakes, Chris Carpenter, 36, is a mainstay of the Cardinals staff, while Cris Carpenter, 46, retired in 1996.

SURPRISE APPEARANCE FOR DARVISH

Japanese phenom Yu Darvish arrived at Texas Rangers camp Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz., one day early, but did not talk with reporters, even though about two dozen members of the Japanese media were waiting for him, MLB.com reported.

The 25-year-old rookie played catch with pitcher Derek Holland and then threw about 30 pitches in the bullpen to catcher Luis Martinez.

"I was excited," Martinez said. "He had a bunch of pitches (including a sinker, cut fastball and splitter) and had great stuff. He was down in the zone. He did very well."

KEMP WANTS MVP ON MERIT

Los Angeles Dodgers centre fielder Matt Kemp, one of the favourites to win the NL MVP award in 2011, wants to win it fair and square in 2012.

Kemp was edged by Ryan Braun, 388-332 in voting -- a result that became more controversial when the Milwaukee Brewers left fielder tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug last fall.

Braun is appealing his 50-game suspension -- a ruling is expected this week -- but even if he loses it, he will keep the MVP award.

"I feel like that would be by default," Kemp told ESPN.com, as to whether the Dodger would deserve the MVP should Braun's appeal fail.

"I wish I would've won it just by them voting me and me being the MVP. That would be special. But hopefully, I will have the same type of year or even better and win it straight up this year, with us making the playoffs."

ABREU GIVES ULTIMATUM

Bobby Abreu hasn't arrived at spring training yet but the veteran outfielder already is sending the Los Angeles Angels a "play me or trade me" demand.

"I'm an everyday player. I can still be in the lineup for a major league team," Abreu told ESPNdeportes.com from his native Venezuela. "I will not be on the bench knowing that I can play.

"If the Angels don't have a position for me, then the best thing is to trade me. I won't be able to do nothing sitting on the bench."

BRAVES PITCHER CONCUSSED

Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has a mild concussion stemming from a one-car crash and will miss a few days of workouts, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

"We're going to sit him out for 48 hours and then bring him back gradually," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said Hanson would be confined to riding the stationary bike on his first couple of days back.

Hanson, 25, wrecked his car before the team's first workout Monday at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He told Braves officials

the car blew a tire and went off the road.

IBANEZ OFFICIALLY ON BOARD

The New York Yankees confirmed the signing Tuesday of left-handed hitter Raul Ibanez to a one-year contract worth $1.1 million. Plate-appearance incentives could push the value of the deal to $4 million.

The 39-year-old will be used mainly as a designated hitter. Ibanez hit .245 with 20 home runs and 84 RBI as a left fielder with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011. The 16-year veteran has a career average of .280 with 252 homers.

BRIEFLY

Longtime leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki will bat third this season for the Seattle Mariners, manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday. Ichiro, 38, has spent 11 seasons in Seattle. He will be replaced in the No. 1 spot by Chone Figgins ... Infielder Christian Guzman is expected to sign a minor-league contract Wednesday with the Cleveland Indians, MLB.com reported. Guzman, 34, missed the 2011 season because of family issues ... San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum was unable to pitch in the bullpen Tuesday because of a stiff back ... Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin fully expects Manny Ramirez will be the team's designated hitter when he returns from a 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Ramirez will be eligible to return May 30, the day he turns 40 ... Retired manager Tony La Russa is discussing a job with MLB, the 67-year-old told ESPN. La Russa said he would be involved with special projects.


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