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MLB -- Suspended Rockies P Jeff Francis for five regular-season games and manager Clint Hurdle for one game and fined both an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Padres.

CARDINALS -- Optioned P Blake Hawksworth to Triple-A Memphis.

MARINERS -- Optioned IF Michael Garciaparra, IF Bryan LaHair, IF Oswaldo Navarro, OF Wladimir Balentien and OF Michael Wilson to Triple-A Tacoma. Reassigned C Jeff Clement and C Rob Johnson to minor league camp.

NATIONALS -- Optioned P Emiliano Fruto, P Beltran Perez and P Chris Schroeder to Triple-A Columbus. Assigned former Orioles P Winston Abreu, P Colby Lewis, P Arnie Munoz, former Orioles C Danny Ardoin, C Brandon Harper and OF Jose Macias to minor league camp.

ORIOLES -- Optioned IF Luis Hernandez to Triple-A Norfolk.

PADRES -- Sent former Orioles OF Jack Cust outright to Triple-A Portland.

REDS -- Optioned 1B Joey Votto to Triple-A Louisville. Assigned P Homer Bailey, P Michael Gosling, C Dan Conway and C Ryan Hanigan to minor league camp. Released former Orioles P Kerry Ligtenberg and P Brian Meadows.


RAPTORS -- Activated G Darrick Martin and F Pape Sow.


NORTH CAROLINA -- Suspended TB Barrington Edwards indefinitely from football team for violating team rules and university policies.


BENGALS -- Signed free-agent C Alex Stepanovich to one-year contract.

BROWNS -- Signed DT Robaire Smith to four-year contract.

CHARGERS -- Re-signed LB Carlos Polk to two-year contract.

CHIEFS -- Re-signed DT Ron Edwards.

EAGLES -- Re-signed RB Correll Buckhalter to two-year contract.

49ERS -- Re-signed LB Hannibal Navies.

LIONS -- Signed free-agent RB T.J. Duckett to one-year contract.

PANTHERS -- Signed LB Terrence Melton and DT Stephen Williams.

STEELERS -- Re-signed CB Chidi Iwuoma to one-year contract.

TITANS -- Agreed to contract with WR Justin Gage.


CAPITALS -- Recalled LW Alexandre Giroux from AHL Hershey. Signed F Travis Morin and F Steve Pinizzotto to two-year entry-level contracts

KINGS -- Signed F Kevin Westgarth to multi-year contract.

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