Gagne set to face hitters in `B’ game
“Right now, I feel like I’m ready for games but I’m going to stay with just baby steps,” Gagne said. “I don’t want to go too fast like I did the last two years.” TAMPA, Fla. – Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano rejoined the team, one day after missing a scheduled spring training start to address a personal matter. Pavano declined to talk about the situation, saying he would answer questions today before a game against Cleveland. VIERA, Fla. – Ryan Zimmerman was given a $400,000 salary for 2007 by the Washington Nationals after finishing second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Brian Roberts and the Baltimore Orioles are nearing an agreement on a two-year extension that would put the second baseman under contract through the 2009 season. Roberts is already signed this season for $4.2 million. The Orioles are seeking an extension because he would become eligible for free agency after 2008. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – New York Mets reliever Duaner Sanchez will be allowed to resume workouts at spring training camp today after apologizing for showing up late. Sanchez, sent home by the team Thursday, met Saturday with manager Willie Randolph and GM Omar Minaya for about 30 minutes. The 27-year-old right-hander was apologetic after the meeting and said he planned to meet with each of his teammates one on one to apologize. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SURPRISE, Ariz. – Eric Gagne often throws in rapid-fire succession during bullpen sessions at spring training. Still, the Texas Rangers’ new closer isn’t rushing his comeback. Gagne, limited to 15 1/3 innings the past two seasons because of elbow and back operations, is scheduled to face hitters for the first time Monday in a “B” game on the road against Milwaukee.