Notable AMERICAN LEAGUE

April 05, 1996

Indians: Outfielder Ryan Thompson (Chestertown) was sent to Triple-A Buffalo.

Mariners: The team lost $20.23 million last season, but club president Chuck Armstrong is optimistic about its future. The 1995 fiscal-year loss was 34.6 percent greater than the 1994 loss of $15.03 million.

Rangers: Dean Palmer made his debut at third base after missing two games with a tight hamstring. He struck out in his first at-bat with the bases loaded in the first inning.

Yankees: New York signed free-agent outfielder Dion James and sent outfielder Matt Luke to Triple-A Columbus. James, 33, who hit .287 in 85 games with the Yankees last year, had been released by Montreal after signing a minor-league contract with the Expos. The Yankees added him because of uncertainty over the health of Ruben Sierra, who strained a hamstring in Wednesday night's game against Cleveland. Luke was in the starting lineup for yesterday's game with the Indians, which was rained out.

Pub Date: 4/05/96

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