Red Sox send top prospect to Sea Dogs

PORTLAND, Maine — The Boston Red Sox have promoted top prospect Andrew Benintendi to the Portland Sea Dogs in Double-A from High-A Salem.

Benintendi, 21, was selected by the Red Sox in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2015 first-year player draft out of the University of Arkansas. In 34 games with High-A Salem this season, Benintendi hit .341 with 13 doubles, 7 triples, 1 home run, 32 RBI, 30 runs, 8 stolen bases, and 15 walks compared to 9 strikeouts.

Benintendi, an outfielder, is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox organization and the No. 15 prospect in baseball.

At the time of his promotion, Benintendi led the Carolina League in hits (46), triples, extra-base hits (21), and total bases (76).

Benintendi recorded a 23-game hit streak from April 10 to May 6, the longest in Minor League Baseball this season and tying the longest ever in Salem franchise history.

Lincecum joining Angels

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum has reached a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, ESPN reported Monday.

The deal is pending a physical.

Lincecum has not pitched since June 27 because of a degenerative hip problem. He had arthroscopic hip surgery Sept. 3.

He has spent his entire nine-year career with the San Francisco Giants. Last season in 15 starts he compiled a 7-4 record with a 4.13 ERA.

In an 11-month span between July 2013 and June 2014, he pitched two no-hitters.

NFL investigating Ravens’ full-pad practice

The NFL is investigating the Baltimore Ravens for a possible violation of the collective bargaining agreement when rookies wore full pads during a recent practice.

A Ravens official told ESPN the team is unaware of any investigation but explained there was a five-minute period on May 6 when rookies and first-year players suited up in pads during a noncontact punt protection drill.

The team was under the impression that rookie minicamp didn’t fall under the same rules as the organized team activities. Once player union rep Benjamin Watson clarified the rule, the drill was stopped.

Stricter rules limiting when players can suit up were approved in the last CBA, which was passed in 2011. The more strict regulations say teams are not allowed to suit up in full pads until training camp.

Matz gets good news about elbow

New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz received good news on Monday.

Matz, who was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday, had his sore left elbow examined. No ligament damage was discovered, but the cause of the soreness remains unknown.

The Mets are also unsure when Matz will return to the rotation. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010.

The Mets said more information will be released on Tuesday.

Indians’ Brantley to undergo exam

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will be examined Tuesday by Dr. Craig Morgan in Wilmington, Del. Morgan performed the surgery in November to repair a torn labrum that Brantley suffered in September.

The Indians fear they might have rushed Brantley back into action too quickly after the surgery.

He was on the disabled list to open the season, but played in 11 games and went 9-for-39 with two doubles and seven RBIs before being placed back on the DL Friday with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Tigers’ Maybin returns

Detroit center fielder Cameron Maybin made his season debut after being activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Maybin suffered a wrist fracture when hit by a pitch during spring training, then sprained his shoulder during one of his rehab stints.

“You never know when a guy’s going to be a sparkplug, but he’s got a track record,” manager Brad Ausmus said.