ASTROS: Optioned P Brandon Puffer to Triple-A New Orleans. Purchased contract of P Bruce Chen from New Orleans

BLUE JAYS: Claimed P Kevin Frederick off waivers from Twins.

CARDINALS: Optioned P Rick Ankiel to Double-A Tennessee.

DEVIL RAYS: Claimed OF George Lombard off waivers from Tigers. Agreed with OF Al Martin on one-year contract.

EXPOS: Sent P Tim Drew and C Edwards Guzman outright to Triple-A Edmonton. Optioned P Sunny Kim and P Britt Reames to Edmonton. Assigned C Tony Eusebio, C Randy Knorr and former Orioles OF Damon Buford to their minor league camp. Released IF Jose Offerman.

INDIANS: Placed P Aaron Myette on 15-daydisabled list, retroactive to Wednesday.

MARLINS: Reassigned P Toby Borland and P Juan Alvarez to their minor league camp. Released OF Al Martin.

METS: Placed P Pedro Astacio on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 21 and P Grant Roberts, P John Franco and P Tyler Yates on the 15-day disabled list. Recalled C Jason Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk.

ORIOLES: Claimed SS Jose Morban off waivers from Twins. Placed P Scott Erickson and OF Albert Belle on 60-day disabled list and P Erik Bedard on 15-day disabled list. Purchased contracts of P Rick Helling and OF B.J. Surhoff from Triple-A Ottawa. Released IF Jeff Reboulet and IF John Valentin. Optioned 2B Brian Roberts, OF Larry Bigbie and P Travis Driskill to Ottawa. Reassigned C Steve Lomasney to their minor league camp.

RANGERS: Assigned P Doug Davis to Triple-A Oklahoma. Announced P Danny Kolb cleared waivers and is a free agent.

RED SOX: Claimed P Dicky Gonzalez off waivers from Expos.

TIGERS: Released 2B Damion Easley. Optioned OF Andres Torres to Triple-A Toledo. Announced OF George Lombard was claimed off waivers by Devil Rays.


OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE: Named Jon A. Steinbrecher commissioner.

TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN: Named Tracy Anderson associate head women's basketball coach.

TOWSON: Named Clifford Yoshida defensive coordinator.


BRONCOS: Waived DB Jeff Brunson and G Wayne Smith.

CARDINALS: Signed OL Cameron Spikes to two-year contract.

DOLPHINS: Signed LB Zach Thomas to five-year contract extension, through 2008.

GIANTS: Signed former Ravens DE Keith Washington.

JAGUARS: Signed RB Fred Taylor to four-year contract extension.

PACKERS: Announced they have matched the Lions' offer sheet to linebacker Na'il Diggs.

SEAHAWKS: Announced restricted free-agent LB Isaiah Kacyvenski signed one-year tender.

STEELERS: Released WR Dallas Davis.

49ERS: Signed S John Keith.


BAYHAWKS (MLL): Announced that D Hugh Donovan, GK Tim McGeeney and MF Rob Shek have retired. D Zak Burke (UMBC), Brian Cole (Mount St. Mary's), A Spencer Ford (Towson), A Brian Zeller (Maryland), GK John Horrigan (Towson) and GK Pat McGinnis (Maryland) were selected in supplemental draft.

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