- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 22, 2011

BASEBALL

Former Mets star Carter diagnosed with brain tumors

NEW YORK | Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter said doctors discovered four “very small” brain tumors after he had an MRI on Friday in Florida.

Carter, 57, said he expects to learn more about his diagnosis when he is examined again Thursday at Duke Medical Center.

“My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers,” Carter said in a release issued Saturday by the New York Mets and baseball’s Hall of Fame. The statement did not say whether the tumors are malignant or benign.

Carter hit .262 with 324 homers and 1,225 RBI in 19 seasons in the majors. The 11-time All-Star played his last game with the Montreal Expos in 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.

The effervescent Carter, nicknamed “Kid,” is perhaps best known for helping the Mets win the 1986 World Series. He had 24 homers and 105 RBI that year, then drove in 11 runs in the postseason.

CYCLING

Horner, 39, dominates in Tour of California

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF. | Chris Horner won the Tour of California with a solid performance in the final stage on Sunday, holding off RadioShack teammate Levi Leipheimer by 38 seconds.

The 39-year-old Horner was the oldest rider to finish the race. The 16-year veteran led the overall standings after each of the final five days, easily hanging on for his first Tour of California title.

Horner rode most of the final two stages alongside Leipheimer, the three-time race champion. Garmin-Cervelo’s Tom Danielson finished third, and teammate Christian Vande Velde was fourth.

Matthew Goss won the 80.2-mile final stage from Santa Clarita to Thousand Oaks, outsprinting his fellow leaders on the final lap.

BASEBALL

Cubs’ Byrd improving after being hit on face with pitch

BOSTON | The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Marlon Byrd on the 15-day disabled list with multiple facial fractures Sunday, a day after he was hit on the left eye by a pitch from Boston’s Alfredo Aceves that sent him to the hospital complaining, “I can’t see.”

First baseman Carlos Pena, who visited Byrd in the hospital after Saturday night’s game, said his teammate was sitting up in bed, with two pizzas on his lap.

“He’s doing well. He’s a tough kid,” Pena said. “Thank God. I’m so relieved to see him conscious.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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