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COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE – Suspended San Diego C Yasmani Grandal 50 games for a violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

American League

BOSTON RED SOX – Named Juan Nieves pitching coach.

KANSAS CITY ROYALS – Announced the retirement of coordinator of cultural development Sal Artiaga.

National League

LOS ANGELES DODGERS – Named Mark McGwire hitting coach.

NEW YORK METS – Agreed to terms with RHP Greg Burke on a minor league contract. Agreed to terms with OF Jason Bay to terminate his contract.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES – Agreed to terms with OF Darren Ford on a minor league contract.

SAN DIEGO PADRES – Traded OF Blake Tekotte to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Brandon Kloess.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – Assigned 2B Emmanuel Burriss outright to Fresno (PCL). Announced RHP Clay Hensley declined outright assignment and elected free agency.



ARIZONA CARDINALS – Placed LB O’Brien Schofield on injured reserve. Re-signed DE Ronald Talley. Released CB Crezdon Butler from the practice squad. Signed CB Greg McCoy to the practice squad.

ATLANTA FALCONS – Released FB Lousaka Polite. Signed FB Mike Cox. Signed OL Jacques McClendon to the practice squad.

BUFFALO BILLS – Signed CB Crezdon Butler and OT Thomas Welch.

CAROLINA PANTHERS – Released LB Jerry Franklin from the practice squad. Signed G Thomas Austin to the practice squad.

CHICAGO BEARS – Released WR Kamar Aiken from the practice squad. Signed WR Joe Anderson to the practice squad.

GREEN BAY PACKERS – Released WR Diondre Borel from the practice squad. Activated TE Andrew Quarless from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Placed LB Nick Perry on injured reserve.

MIAMI DOLPHINS – Released DB De’Andre Presley. Signed CB Bryan McCann. Placed CB Richard Marshall on injured reserve. Claimed CB Brandon McDonald off waivers from Tampa Bay.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – Signed DE Ernest Owusu to the practice squad.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – Released CB Nick Hixson from the practice squad. Signed CB A.J. Davis to the practice squad.

NEW YORK JETS – Released S Antonio Allen. Signed G Hayworth Hicks from Indianapolis’ practice squad.

ST. LOUIS RAMS – Signed CB Quinton Pointer from the practice squad. Signed WR Saalim Hakim to the practice squad.

TENNESSEE TITANS – Placed G Leroy Harris on injured reserve. Signed DE Jarius Wynn and G Kyle DeVan.



OTTAWA SENATORS – Reassigned F Darren Kramer from Binghamton (AHL) to Elmira (ECHL).


AHL – Suspended Rockford RW Andrew Shaw six games; Rockford D Dylan Olsen two games; and Rockford LW Wade Brookbank, Portland RW Phil Lane and Albany D Matthew Corrente one game for the actions during recent games.



CHICAGO FIRE – Re-signed D Arne Friedrich.