April 05, 2005



MLB: Suspended following minor league players who have violated "Major League Baseball's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program" (x-released): Cubs: David Cash, Iowa (AAA), x-Jesus Medrano, Iowa (AAA), Carlos Vasquez, West Tennessee (AA), Robinson Chirinos, West Tennessee (AA), Matthew Craig, West Tennessee (AA), x-Kevin Reinking, Daytona (A), Oscar Bernard, Daytona (A). White Sox: Jose Espinal, Birmingham (AA). Rockies: Jason Diangelo, Asheville (A), Neil Wilson, Asheville (A). L.A. Angels of Anaheim: William Collazo, Arkansas (AA), Francisco Cordova, Cedar Rapids (A), x-Alexander Francisco, Cedar Rapids (A), Ryan Leahy, Cedar Rapids (A), Baltazar Lopez, Cedar Rapids (A). Athletics: Elvis Avendano, Stockton (A), David Castillo, Kane County (A), Javier Herrera, Kane County (A), Luis Perez, Kane County (A), x-Mayobanex Santana, Stockton (A). Cardinals: Paul Frisella, Quad Cities (A). Padres: x-Clay Hensley, Portland (AAA), Nathan Sevier, Mobile (AA), Kervin Jacobo, Lake Elsinore (A), x-Jacobo Meque, Lake Elsinore (A). Mariners: Ryan Christianson, Tacoma (AAA), Renee Cortez, Tacoma (AAA), former Oriole Damian Moss, Tacoma (AAA), Troy Cate, San Antonio (AA), Omar Falcon, San Antonio (AA), x-Darwin Soto, San Antonio (AA), Jesus Guzman, Inland Empire (A), William Hogan, Wisconsin (A). Rangers: Lizahio Baez, Oklahoma (AAA), x-former Oriole Robert Machado, Oklahoma (AAA), x-Christopher Russ, Oklahoma (AAA), x-Willy Espinal, Frisco (AA), Justin Hatcher, Clinton (A).

ATHLETICS: Named Webster Garrison hitting coach at Double-A Midland, Juan Navarrete manager at Single-A Vancouver and Raymond Abreu director of Latin American operations.

BLUE JAYS: Purchased contract of P Pete Walker from Triple-A Syracuse.

CARDINALS: Placed P Mike Lincoln on 15-day DL.

CUBS: Agreed to terms with 3B Aramis Ramirez on four-year contract.

DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to terms with former Orioles C Charles Johnson on one-year contract. Recalled OF Joey Gathright from Triple-A Durham.

MARINERS: Released P Ryan Anderson and P Rett Johnson.

METS: Placed P Kris Benson on 15-day DL with strained pectoral muscle and Bartolome Fortunato on 15-day disabled list with back strain.

NATIONALS: Placed P Francis Beltran on 15-day DL.

PIRATES: Placed P Sean Burnett on 60-day DL.

TIGERS: Placed P Colby Lewis on 15-day DL.

WHITE SOX: Placed 1B Frank Thomas on 15-day DL. Purchased contracts of P Pablo Ozuna and C Chris Widger from Double-A Birmingham. Optioned P Kevin Walker to Birmingham.


MARYLAND: Ben Pfinsgraff named ACC Co-Pitcher of Week.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Announced resignation of women's soccer coach Frank Horvat.

PITTSBURGH: Announced C Chris Taft will forgo final two seasons and enter NBA draft.

TOWSON: OF Mark Chiccini named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of Week.


DOLPHINS: Signed CB Mario Edwards, who had been with Cowboys, to one-year contract.

JAGUARS: Re-signed RB David Allen and DE Lionel Barnes.

PACKERS: Re-signed TE Ben Steele.

STEELERS: Re-signed TE Ben Steele.

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