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May 20, 2000

Baseball

Major League Baseball: Upheld three-game suspensions of Tigers OF Juan Encarnacion and OF Luis Polonia for roles in on-field altercation during April 22 game against White Sox; reduced suspension of Tigers C Robert Fick from five games to four.

Braves: Signed C Brayan Pena, 18-year-old Cuban defector, to minor-league contract.

Blue Jays: Purchased contracts of P Darwin Cubillan and OF-DH Todd Greene from Triple-A Syracuse. Optioned SS Chris Woodward to Syracuse. Designated P Eric Gunderson for assignment. Designated minor-league 3B Casey Blake for assignment.

Brewers: Placed C Tyler Houston on 15-day DL with bruised right calf. Recalled C Raul Casanova from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Devil Rays: Purchased contract of P Billy Taylor from Triple-A Durham. Optioned P Jeff Sparks to Durham. IF Tony Graffanino cleared waivers and accepted assignment to Durham.

Dodgers: Claimed P Trever Miller on waivers from Phillies. Transferred former Orioles P Gregg Olson from 15-day to 60-day DL.

Expos: Signed former Orioles P Jim Poole.

Indians: Purchased contract of P Paul Rigdon from Triple-A Buffalo. Designated P Scott Sanders for assignment.

Mariners: Optioned P Kevin Hodges to Triple-A Tacoma.

Phillies: Recalled P Steve Schrenk from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Pirates: Signed OF Brian Giles to four-year contract extension through 2005. Activated P Francisco Cordova from 15-day DL. Optioned OF Chad Hermansen and OF Emil Brown. Recalled 1B Ivan Cruz from Triple-A Nashville.

Red Sox: Activated 3B John Valentin from 15-day DL. Assigned IF Andy Sheets to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tigers: Recalled P Brandon Villafuerte from Triple-A Toledo. Activated P Brian Moehler from 15-day DL. Placed P Mark Johnson on 15-day DL with lower back strain. Assigned P Masao Kida to Toledo.

Yankees: Recalled IF Alfonso Soriano from Triple-A Columbus.

College

South Carolina: Men's basketball F Damien Kinloch will transfer to Tennessee Tech.

Football

NFL: Fined Steelers $150,000 and loss of 2001 third-round draft pick and ordered them to pay retired OL Will Wolford for salary cap violation.

Broncos: Named Rich Slivka general counsel. Signed C Jason Johnson.

Browns: Named Jeremy Green pro personnel scout.

Jaguars: Signed S Erik Olson.

Jets: Waived WR Eric Granger. Packers: VP and general counsel Lance Lopes resigned.

Patriots: Waived G Kendell Mack, LB Matt Beck, LB Rashuan Matthews and C Seneca Gray.

Redskins: Signed WR Ethan Howell, seventh-round draft pick, to three-year contract.

Seahawks: Re-signed FB Reggie Brown to multi-year contract.

Horse racing

NYRA: Suspended trainer Lisa Aitchison for 60 days because a prohibited substance was found in post-race urine of horse in her care. Referred matter to N.Y. State Racing and Wagering Board for further review.

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