AL -- Fined California Angels P Scott Bailes $450 for hitting New York Yankees' Randy Velarde with pitch May 14. Players' Association appealed on Bailes' behalf.
Baltimore Orioles -- Placed IF Craig Worthington (.225, 4 HRs, 12 RBI) on 15-day DL. Recalled IF/OF Jeff McKnight from Class AAA Rochester.
Chicago Cubs -- Fired manager Don Zimmer. Named Joe Altobelli interim manager.
Kansas City -- Announced that 1B George Brett (.170 in 47 AB) has signed contract worth more than $7 million during next 2 years.
Texas Rangers -- Placed P Nolan Ryan (3-3, 2.94) on 15-day DL. Purchased contract of P Jose Guzman from Class AAA Oklahoma City.
Toronto Blue Jays -- Named Willie Upshaw coach of Class A Dunedin.
New York Knicks -- Named John Cirillo VP of public relations; Cal Ramsey director of community relations; Dennis D'Agostino manager of publications and information; and Tim Donovan manager of media relations.
Big South -- Announced that Liberty is joining, effective July 1.
Blockbuster Bowl -- CBS Sports signed 1-year contract to televise Dec. 28 football game from Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.
Detroit Red Wings -- Signed D Niklas Lidstrom to 3-year contract.