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Astros INF Jason Smith accepts demotion: Infielder Jason Smith has accepted his assignment to the Astros' Triple-A team in Round Rock, a change from the last time the 31-year-old infielder was demoted.
Astros INF Jason Smith accepts demotion: Infielder Jason Smith has accepted his assignment to the Houston Astros'Triple-A team in Round Rock, a change from the last time the 31-year-old infielder was demoted.
Astros INF Jason Smith accepts demotion: CINCINNATI (AP) -- Infielder Jason Smith has accepted his assignment to the Houston Astros' Triple-A team in Round Rock, a change from the last time the 31-year-old infielder was demoted....
Astros notes: Maysonet an all-purpose threat: Edwin Maysonet flied out to center as a pinch hitter in the sixth in his first at-bat for the Astros on Friday. Maysonet will be used much like Jason Smith was before Smith was sent down after Thursday’s game.
Astros call up Arias, designate Smith for assignment: The Astros have called up pitcher Alberto Arias and designated infielder Jason Smith for assignment prior to Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Astros notes: Smith takes utility infielder role: As expected, veteran righthander Russ Ortiz earned the fifth spot in the rotation, and Jason Smith won the utility infielder's role.
Astros see positives from infield veteran Smith: Reviewing the job market this winter, infielder Jason Smith didn't need much persuading. The Astros will need their utility infielder more than most teams this season.
Bradley joins Cubs; Rangers turn to Cruz: National League Central on Monday for a contract reportedly worth $30 million over three years. But the Rangers had prepared for life without Bradley, and Nelson Cruz will be a major player in filling the void."Cruz will get the opportunity to show he’s capable of helping the club win,"GM Jon Daniels said.That’s quite a leap for a player who didn’t make the Opening Day roster in 2008 but became a big contributor over the final five weeks of a 79-83 season.Cruz was the MVP of the Pacific Coast League, and the Rangers are hoping that the 28-year-old is a late bloomer who can provide 25 homers and be a constant presence in the lineup.Bradley, who hit .321 with 22 homers and led the American League with a .436 on-base percentage in his only season with the Rangers, played in 126 games and had 414 at-bats despite having surgery to repair an ACL in September 2007.He missed multiple games in June, August and September with quadriceps and wrist injuries.Cruz didn’t miss a start in right field after being recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City on Aug. 25. He hit .330 in 31 games with seven homers and an impressive .421 OBP.Add in a healthy Hank Blalock, who was the club’s top player in September (.337, 8 HR, 23 RBI), and the Rangers have the ingredients to replace Bradley’s production.— Jeff WilsonTwins owner diesCarl Pohlad, a billionaire banker whose Minnesota Twins won two World Series titles during nearly his nearly quarter-century as owner, died Monday, a baseball official said. He was 93.Burrell to join RaysThe Tampa Bay Rays added a big bat for the middle of their batting order, agreeing to a $16 million, two-year contract with Pat Burrell.The 32-year-old spent the past nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.He hit .250 with 33 homers, 33 doubles and 86 RBI last season.BrieflyCardinals:Left-hander Royce Ring agreed to a one-year contract with St. Louis for $475,000. The 28-year-old was 2-1 with an 8.46 ERA in 42 games for the Atlanta Braves last season.Astros:Outfielder Reggie Abercrombie and reliever Clay Hensley were among five players who agreed to minor league contracts with Houston. Outfielder John Gall, and infielders Mark Saccomanno and Jason Smith also agreed to deals.
Royals sweep doubleheader from A's (AP):
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Kansas City manager Trey Hillman didn't want to bring back Ramon Ramirez. He certainly didn't want closer Joakim Soria pitching again, either. The game rapidly slipping away, Hillman had no choice but to bring in Ramirez and get Soria ready, too. Jose Guillen drove in three runs and Ramirez earned his first career save with Soria standing by, helping the Royals hold off the Oakland Athletics 9-6 on...
Gordon out of lineup with bad back: Third baseman Alex Gordon was out of the Royals' lineup on Tuesday night because of a stiff back. Esteban German replaced Gordon at third base with little-used Jason Smith moving into second base. German had started the last five games at second in place of disabled Mark Grudzielanek.
NL NOTES: Zito to face former A's teammates: Arizona DiamondbacksINF Jason Smith was in the starting lineup a day after being claimed off waivers from Toronto. "I like to see what a player can do right away," Melvin said. "Jason has some history in Colorado."Atlanta Braves
Notes: Jays hope Roberts can fill role: With utility player, Jason Smith being designated for assignment on Monday, the Blue Jays will look to Ryan Roberts to fill his role. In three games for the Jays this season, Roberts has yet to collect a hit, but in 19 games for Triple-A Syracuse, Roberts hit .253 with three homers and 14 RBIs.
Glaus exits early with sore heel: Troy Glaus aggravated something in his left heel coming out of the batter's box in the first inning Saturday, and though he toughed it out through four innings, he was pulled in favor of Jason Smith in the fifth.
Blue Jays sign Stairs, Smith: The Blue Jays put the finishing touches on a pair of transactions Tuesday. Toronto signed outfielder Matt Stairs to a Minor League contract and infielder Jason Smith to Major League contract. Toronto waited until after the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 7 to announce that it had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Stairs.
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