ASTROS: Released P Jesus Sanchez.

ATHLETICS: Optioned IF Jason Grabowski to Triple-A Sacramento. Assigned C Adam Melhuse, IF David McCarty and OF Billy McMillon to minor-league camp. Placed P Jim Mecir on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, after knee surgery. Purchased contract of OF Ron Gant from Triple-A Sacramento.

BLUE JAYS: Sent IF Mike Moriarty to minor-league camp. Purchased contracts of P Doug Linton and P Trever Miller from Triple-A Syracuse.

BRAVES: Placed P Mike Hampton on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with strained right calf. Optioned C Johnny Estrada and IF Mike Hessman to Triple-A Richmond. Reassigned SS Jesse Garcia, OF Donzell McDonald and OF Bo Porter to Richmond.

BREWERS: Placed P Nick Neugebauer on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, after right shoulder surgery. Purchased contracts of C Eddie Perez, C Keith Osik and OF John Vander Wal.

CUBS: Purchased contracts of OF Tom Goodwin and IF-OF Lenny Harris. Placed P Scott Chiasson on 60-day DL with right elbow injury. Placed P Antonio Alfonseca on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, with strained right hamstring. Placed P Will Ohman on 15-day DL, retroactive to Friday, with left elbow injury.

DEVIL RAYS: Purchased contract of OF Rocco Baldelli from Single-A Bakersfield. Signed IF-OF Terry Shumpert. Purchased contracts of P Jim Parque and P Steve Parris from Triple-A Durham. Assigned C Hector Ortiz to minor-league camp. Designated OF George Lombard, IF Hector Luna and P Hans Smith for assignment.

DIAMONDBACKS: Optioned P John Patterson and C Robby Hammock to Triple-A Tucson. Designated P Greg Swindell for assignment. Sent OF Mark Little, P Ron Villone and P Eddie Oropesa to minor-league camp. Designated P Greg Swindell for assignment. Released P Mike Jackson. Loaned OF Felix Jose to Mexico City of Mexican League. Purchased contract of IF Carlos Baerga.

GIANTS: Purchased contracts of IF Andres Galarraga and OF Ruben Rivera. Optioned P Jim Brower, P Jeff Urban, C Trey Lunsford, IF Cody Ransom, OF Jason Ellison and OF Tony Torcato to Triple-A Fresno.

INDIANS: Traded C A.J. Hinch to Tigers for player to be named. Purchased contracts of P Jose Santiago, P Billy Traber, C Tim Laker, IF Casey Blake and IF Bill Selby from Triple-A Buffalo. Placed P Cliff Lee, P Bob Wickman, P Mark Wohlers and IF Ricky Gutierrez on 60-day DL. Optioned OF Jody Gerut to Buffalo. Sent P Dave Burba to minor-league camp.

MARLINS: Placed P A.J. Burnett on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, with right elbow inflammation. Placed OF Abraham Nunez on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21, with strained left hamstring. Placed P Justin Wayne on 15-day DL, retroactive to Tuesday, with lower right leg contusion. Purchased contracts of P Tommy Phelps and OF Gerald Williams.

METS: Purchased contracts of IF Jay Bell and P Graeme Lloyd from Triple-A Norfolk. Designated P Tyler Yates for assignment.

PHILLIES: Signed P Jose Cabrera, P Wayne Gomes and P Julio Santana to minor-league contracts.

RANGERS: Purchased contracts of P C.J. Nitkowski, OF Ruben Sierra, C Chad Kreuter and IF Jermaine Clark from Triple-A Oklahoma. Placed P Jeff Zimmerman and OF Rusty Greer on 15-day DL, retroactive to March 21. Optioned P Ryan Drese to Double-A Frisco. Assigned IF Donnie Sadler and OF Ryan Christenson to Oklahoma.

RED SOX: Acquired P Ryan Cameron from Rockies as player to be named in earlier deal for Javier Lopez and optioned Cameron to Triple-A Pawtucket. Optioned P Jason Shiell to Pawtucket.

YANKEES: Designated former Orioles C Chris Widger for assignment. Purchased contract of C John Flaherty.


NETS: Activated C Dikembe Mutombo. Placed G Brandon Armstrong on injured list with lower back strain.


FROSTBURG STATE: Announced F Tracey Little named Allegheny Mountain College Conference women's basketball Player of the Year, first-team All-AMCC and second-team All-Atlantic Region.

WASHINGTON STATE: Named Dick Bennett men's basketball coach.


BLUES: Activated D Chris Pronger and RW Valeri Bure.


WTA: Named Larry Scott chairman and chief executive officer.

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