- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2008

Baseball

American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES Released OF Jay Gibbons. Placed INF-OF Freddie Bynum, LHP Troy Patton, RHP Danys Baez, RHP Fernando Cabrera, RHP Chris Ray and RHP Jim Hoey on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Optioned OF Tike Redman to Norfolk (IL).

BOSTON RED SOX Agreed to terms with RHP Terumasa Matsuo on a minor league contract. Placed RHP Mike Timlin on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 20.

CHICAGO WHITE SOX Placed OF Jerry Owens and INF Danny Richar on the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Ehren Wassermann to Charlotte (IL).

CLEVELAND INDIANS Placed OF Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Assigned C Yamid Haad and INF Andy Gonzalez to their minor league camp.

DETROIT TIGERS Placed RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Jordan Tata, RHP Joel Zumaya and C Vance Wilson on the 15-day DL. Purchased the contract of RHP Aquilino Lopez from Toledo (IL) and OF Clete Thomas from Erie (EL). Agreed to terms with LHP Aaron Fultz on a minor league contract. Optioned LHP Clay Rapada to Toledo. Placed RHP Francisco Cruceta on the restricted list.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS Placed RHP Luke Hudson on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Optioned LHP Neal Musser, RHP Joel Peralta, INF Ryan Shealy and OF Mitch Maier to Omaha (PCL). Assigned RHP Brandon Duckworth, RHP Brad Salmon, RHP Hideo Nomo, INF Angel Berroa and INF Jason Smith to their minor league camp.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS Placed RHP Chris Bootcheck, RHP Kelvim Escobar, RHP John Lackey and RHP Scot Shields on the 15-day DL. Reassigned RHP Nick Adenhart, RHP Alex Serrano, INF Hainley Statia, OF Terry Evans, INF Brandon Wood, C Ryan Budde, C Bobby Wilson, INF Kendry Morales and OF Dee Brown to their minor league camp. Purchased the contract of of RHP Darren O’Day from Salt Lake (PCL).

NEW YORK YANKEES Placed LHP Andy Pettitte and RHP Humberto Sanchez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, and RHP Jeff Karstens on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 28.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS Optioned LHP Dallas Braden, OF Jeff Fiorentino and OF Carlos Gonzalez to Sacramento (PCL).

SEATTLE MARINERS Traded C Jair Fernandez to Minnesota for the Twins refusal to return Rule 5 draftee RHP R.A. Dickey. Optioned Dickey and OF Jeremy Reed to Tacoma (PCL). Optioned RHP Brandon Morrow to West Tennessee (TL). Reassigned LHP Arthur Rhodes, RHP Roy Corcoran, RHP Chris Reitsma, INF Tug Hulett and INF Greg Norton to their minor league camp. Placed RHP Anderson Garcia on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21.

TAMPA BAY RAYS Placed LHP Kurt Birkins and RHP Chad Orvella on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment. Purchased the contract of INF-OF Eric Hinske from Durham (IL). Optioned INF Joel Guzman to Durham, and RHP Juan Salas to Hudson Valley (NYP). Reassigned INF Andy Cannizaro, C Mike DiFelice, RHP Scott Munter, INF Chris Richard, OF John Rodriguez and OF John Weber to their minor league camp. Released C Josh Paul.

TEXAS RANGERS Designated RHP Robinson Tejeda and OF Nelson Cruz for assignment. Optioned RHP Wes Littleton to Oklahoma (PCL). Purchased the contracts of RHP Franklyn German, C Adam Melhuse and RHP Jamey Wright from Oklahoma. Placed INF Travis Metcalf on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, and RHP Luis Mendoza on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 24. Placed RHP Brandon McCarthy on the 60-day DL and LHP John Rheinecker on the 60-day DL, retroactive to March 28.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS Placed 3B Scott Rolen and LHP B.J. Ryan on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Purchased the contract of OF Shannon Stewart from Syracuse (IL). Recalled OF Buck Coats from Syracuse.

National League

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Placed LHP Randy Johnson on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 22, RHP Miguel Montero on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 23, and RHP Chad Tracy on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 23. Optioned OF Trot Nixon to Tucson (PCL).

ATLANTA BRAVES Optioned RHP Buddy Carlyle to Richmond (IL). Purchased the contract of C Corky Miller from Richmond. Placed RHP John Smoltz and LHP Chuck James on the 15-day DL.

CHICAGO CUBS Placed LHP Scott Eyre on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 23. Optioned OF Matt Murton and LHP Sean Marshall to Iowa (PCL).

CINCINNATI REDS Assigned RHP Jim Brower, INF-OF Jolbert Cabrera and INF-OF Jerry Hairston Jr. to their minor league camp.

COLORADO ROCKIES Sent RHP Jose Capellan and RHP Josh Towers outright to Colorado Springs (PCL). Optioned C Edwin Bellorin, OF Cory Sullivan and RHP Ryan Speier to Colorado Springs. Purchased the contracts of LHP Micah Bowie and OF Scott Podsednik from Colorado Springs. Placed RHP Jason Hirsh on the 15-day DL.

FLORIDA MARLINS Placed OF Jeremy Hermida and C Mike Rabelo on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Placed OF Alejandro De Aza on the 15-day DL. Transferred RHP Josh Johnson and RHP Henry Owens from the 15- to 60-day DL. Recalled OF Brett Carroll from Albuquerque (PCL). Purchased the contracts of INF Jason Wood, C Paul Hoover and 3B Jorge Cantu from Albuquerque. Recalled INF Robert Andino from their minor league camp. Assigned OF Alexis Gomez to their minor league camp.

HOUSTON ASTROS Placed RHP Woody Williams on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Purchased the contracts OF Jose Cruz Jr. and RHP Brian Moehler from Round Rock (PCL).

LOS ANGELES DODGERS Reassigned C Danny Ardoin, C Rene Rivera, RHP Chan Ho Park, RHP Brian Falkenborg, RHP Mike Koplove, RHP Greg Jones, LHP Clayton Kershaw and INF Ramon Martinez to their minor league camp. Placed RHP Jason Schmidt, INF Nomar Garciaparra and INF Andy LaRoche on the 15-day DL.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS Reassigned INF Ozzie Chavez, INF Abraham Nunez, RHP Steve Bray and LHP Chris Narveson to Nashville (PCL). Optioned SS Alcides Escobar to Huntsville (SL).

NEW YORK METS Placed RHP Duaner Sanchez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 27; and RHP Orlando Hernandez on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 29. Assigned INF-OF Fernando Tatis, LHP Ricardo Rincon and RHP Nelson Figueroa to their minor league camp.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES Optioned SS Josh Wilson to Indianapolis (IL). Acquired INF Matt Kata from Colorado for future considerations. Signed RHP Jason Davis to a minor league contract.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Purchased the contracts of INF Rico Washington and LHP Ron Villone from Memphis (PCL). Optioned RHP Kelvin Jimenez to Memphis. Assigned INF D’Angelo Jimenez to their minor league camp. Placed INF Brendan Ryan on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Transferred OF Juan Encarnacion from the 15-day to the 60-day DL.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Optioned C Eliezer Alfonzo to Fresno (PCL). Designated LHP Steve Kline for assignment. Reassigned RHP Bartolome Fortunato and INF Justin Leone to their minor league camp. Placed RHP Vinnie Chulk, LHP Noah Lowry, INF Kevin Frandsen and SS Omar Vizquel on the 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Purchased the contracts of RHP Keiichi Yabu, C Steve Holm and INF Brian Bocock from Fresno.

South Coast League

SCL Announced the league has suspended operations for the 2008 season.

Hockey

NHL

ANAHEIM DUCKS Assigned G Jean-Sebastien Aubin to Portland (AHL).

ATLANTA THRASHERS Recalled LW Jordan LaVallee from Chicago (AHL).

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS Recalled D Marc Methot from Syracuse (AHL).

DETROIT RED WINGS Assigned G Jimmy Howard to Grand Rapids (AHL).

LOS ANGELES KINGS Assigned G Danny Taylor to Reading (ECHL).

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Signed F Jon Kalinski.

American Hockey League

AHL Suspended Providence F Steve MacIntyre one game for actions in an March 29 game against Portland.

CHICAGO WOLVES Signed D Arturs Kulda. Announced Atlanta (NHL) recalled LW Jordan LaVallee.

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS Signed LW Cory Emmerton.

MANCHESTER MONARCHS Assigned D P.J. Atherton to Reading (ECHL).

NORFOLK ADMIRALS Signed F Jamie Bates.

PROVIDENCE BRUINS Signed G Adam Courchaine.

ROCKFORD ICEHOGS Assigned D Matt MacDonald to Cincinnati (ECHL).

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS Assigned F Kyle Rank and D Jon D’Aversa to Wheeling (ECHL).

ECHL

BAKERSFIELD CONDORS Signed F Tylor Michel. Released G Manny Martinez.

CINCINNATI CYCLONES Signed F Travis Hanson.

COLUMBIA INFERNO Signed D Ted Monnich. Released G Mark Cairns.

ELMIRA JACKALS Signed D Elgin Reid.

IDAHO STEELHEADS Signed F Michael Beynon.

MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES Signed G John Hallas. Waived G Jody Green.

READING ROYALS Released G Tyler Sims.

STOCKTON THUNDER Claimed D Joe Dustin off waivers from Bakersfield.

TEXAS WILDCATTERS Signed F Jordan Morrison and D Jim Jensen.

VICTORIA SALMON KINGS Signed F Jonathon Labelle.

WHEELING NAILERS Signed G Ryan Scott.

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