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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – Suspended Boston RHP Ryan Dempster five games and fined him an undisclosed amount for hitting N.Y. Yankee 3B Alex Rodriguez with a pitch during Sunday’s game. Fined N.Y. Yankee manager Joe Girardi an undisclosed amount for his argument over the same incident with home plate umpire Brian O’Nora.

American League

CLEVELAND INDIANS – Released RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.

HOUSTON ASTROS – Designated LHP Wade LeBlanc for assignment. Placed C Carlos Corporan on the seven-day DL. Selected the contracts of RHP David Martinez from Oklahoma City (PCL) and C Max Stassi from Corpus Christi (TL).

KANSAS CITY ROYALS – Released 2B Elliot Johnson. Optioned LHP Will Smith to Omaha (PCL). Reinstated OF Justin Maxwell from the bereavement list.

The Royals cleared roster space for him by sending reliever Will Smith to Triple-A Omaha.

MINNESOTA TWINS – Optioned RHP Kyle Gibson to Rochester (IL). Recalled RHP Michael Tonkin from Rochester. Agreed to terms with 3B Brad Boyer on a minor league contract.

NEW YORK YANKEES – Recalled RHP Preston Claiborne from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).

OAKLAND ATHLETICS – Extended their player development contract with Stockton (Cal) through the 2016 season.

TAMPA BAY RAYS – Assigned INF Ryan Roberts outright to Durham (IL).

National League

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS – Sent 2B Willie Bloomquist to the AZL Diamondbacks for a rehab assignment.

NEW YORK METS – Optioned C Anthony Recker to Las Vegas (PCL). Agreed to terms with RHPs Mitch Talbert and Daryl Thompson and assigned them to Las Vegas (PCL).

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – Optioned LHP Raul Valdes to Lehigh Valley (IL). Recalled RHP Tyler Cloyd from Lehigh Valley. Sent RHPs Roy Halladay to Lakewood (SAL) and Jonathan Pettibone to Lehigh Valley for rehab assignments.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES – Sent OF Travis Snider to Altoona (EL) for a rehab assignment.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – Placed RHP Chad Gaudin on the 15-day DL. Designated OF Jeff Francoeur for assignment. Recalled LHP Mike Kickham and RHP Jean Machi from Fresno (PCL).



CLEVELAND CAVALIERS – Signed F Anthony Bennett.

UTAH JAZZ – Named Justin Zanik assistant general manager.



NFL – Suspended Denver LB Von Miller six games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

ARIZONA CARDINALS – Signed WR Mike Thomas to a one-year contract.

BUFFALO BILLS – Waived OL Keith Williams.

CHICAGO BEARS – Released WR Jerrell Jackson.

CLEVELAND BROWNS – Released RB Brock Bolen. Voided a trade with Seattle involving OL John Moffitt and DL Brian Sanford.

DENVER BRONCOS – Signed LB Paris Lenon.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – Released LS Brad Madison. Claimed G Ricky Henry off waivers from New Orleans.

MIAMI DOLPHINS – Placed TE Dustin Keller on injured reserve. Signed LB Nathan Williams.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – Signed DE Spencer Nealy.

OAKLAND RAIDERS – Signed OT Tony Hills. Claimed LB Chase Thomas off waivers from New Orleans.


SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – Traded OL John Moffitt to Denver for DT Sealver Siliga.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – Signed DE Trevor Scott.