April 15, 2004



BLUE JAYS: Recalled P Jason Fraser from Triple-A Syracuse. Sent contract of former Orioles P Sean Douglass outright to Syracuse.

BRAVES: Recalled OF Eli Marrero from Double-A Greenville. Optioned IF Mike Hessman to Triple-A Richmond.

CUBS: Optioned P Andy Pratt to Triple-A Iowa. Recalled P Francis Beltran from Iowa.

GIANTS: Purchased contract of P Brian Cooper. Optioned OF Tony Torcato to Triple-A Fresno.

MARINERS: Recalled P J.J. Putz from Triple-A Tacoma. Optioned P Rafael Soriano to Single-A Inland Empire.

RANGERS: Placed P Mickey Callaway on 15-day DL with ulnar nerve injury. Recalled P Ryan Drese from Triple-A Oklahoma.

RED SOX: Sent IF Brian Daubach and P Bobby Jones outright to Triple-A Pawtucket; announced that Daubach accepted assignment.

TIGERS: Recalled P Ugueth Urbina from Single-A Lakeland. Designated OF Andres Torres for assignment.

YANKEES: Extended contract of VP and assistant GM Jean Afterman through 2007.


CELTICS: Signed G Dana Barros and F Ernest Brown for remainder of regular season. Placed G Paul Pierce on injured list with right ankle sprain and F Kendrick Perkins on injured list with flulike symptoms.

MAVERICKS: Placed F Josh Howard on injured list with sore right hamstring. Activated G Tony Delk.

NUGGETS: Placed F Chris Andersen on injured list with left knee tendinitis, G Jon Barry on injured list with right shoulder strain and C Marcus Camby on injured list with lower back strain. Activated F Nikoloz Tskitishvili, F Mark Pope and G Jeff Trepagnier from injured list.

TRAIL BLAZERS: Activated F Travis Outlaw. Placed G Eddie Gill on injured list with right quadriceps tendinitis.


AUBURN: Cory Knopp of Harford County, a part-time student at Aberdeen High, accepted swimming scholarship.

CONNECTICUT: Men's basketball G Ben Gordon announced that he will forgo senior season to enter NBA draft.

DELAWARE: Signed football coach K.C. Keeler to contract extension through 2009.

LOYOLA OF CHICAGO: Named Jim Whitesell men's basketball coach.

MINNESOTA: Announced that sophomore F Stan Gaines will transfer from school.

NAVY: Patriot League named G Courtney Davidson women's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Men's basketball G-F Julius Hodge announced that he will stay for senior season.

OHIO STATE: Great Western Lacrosse named Josh Lesko men's lacrosse Player of the Week.

PEPPERDINE: Announced resignation of women's basketball coach Mark Trakh to take same position at Southern California.

TOWSON: Announced resignation of men's basketball coach Michael Hunt. CAA named Kelly Robinson women's track and field co-Athlete of the Week.

U. OF WASHINGTON: Announced that G Ryan Appleby has joined men's basketball team after transferring from Florida.


BENGALS: Re-signed WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh to one-year contract.

COWBOYS: Re-signed three restricted free agents: RB Aveion Cason, OL Matt Lehr and LB Markus Steele on Wednesday.

PACKERS: Signed LB Armegis Spearman.

High schools

SOUTHWEST ATLANTA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: F Dwight Howard declared for NBA draft.


SENATORS: Assigned RW Josh Langfeld to AHL Binghamton.


USTA: Announced that Serena Williams has withdrawn from first-round Fed Cup match April 24-25 in Slovenia; named Laura Granville as replacement.

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