Urbina gets 14 years in prison

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Former Major League baseball pitcher Ugueth Urbina was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's Caracas ranch, the Venezuela Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday.

Urbina, a former pitcher with the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, also was found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun Oct. 16, 2005, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office.

The 32-year-old free agent was accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch.

Urbina repeatedly has denied involvement with the violence, saying he was sleeping at the time of the attack.

INDIANS: Ace C.C. Sabathia's forearm was bruised when he was struck by a line drive in his final spring training tuneup, putting in doubt his scheduled start in the Indians' season opener next week at Chicago.

X-rays were negative, and he'll be re-evaluated today.

CUBS: Mark Prior, who won 18 games for the Chicago Cubs four years ago before a series of injuries slowed his career, was optioned to Triple-A after his final spring training start.

- Less than a week away from the start of the season, Kerry Wood is on the sidelines again.

A sore shoulder is likely to land him on the disabled list for the 11th time in his major league career.

GIANTS: Russ Ortiz will be San Francisco's fifth starter, just as the Giants have intended since signing the right-hander in January for a second stint with the club.

PIRATES: Reigning NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez went 3-for-8 in a Triple-A exhibition game Wednesday in his first game action in three weeks.

He had been out since spraining a right knee ligament March 6.

NATIONALS: First baseman Nick Johnson went on the 15-day disabled list, while he recovers from the broken right leg that ended his 2006 season.

CLEMENS: Roger Clemens is no closer to deciding whether he'll return for a 23rd season. He set no timetable but repeated that he'll choose among the Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.


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